Cardinal great Stan Musial to get Presidential Medal of Freedom

St. Louis – St. Louis Cardinals All-Star Stan Musial will receive a Presidential Medal of Freedom.

The White House announced Musial's selection on Wednesday. The medal, the highest honor a civilian can receive, is given to those who make meritorious contributions to world peace or other cultural endeavors.

In a letter of recommendation, Democratic Sen. Claire McCaskill called Musial a "true American hero."

Read McCaskill's recommendation letter

Read the official White House press release, with other Medal of Freedom recipients named