Presidential Medal of Freedom

Updated at 1:32 p.m. Feb. 15, 2011 with post-ceremony comments

Hall of Fame baseball player Stan Musial was awarded the Presidential Medal of Freedom today in Washington.

The St. Louis Cardinals outfielder and first baseman received the medal from President Barack Obama today in a ceremony at the White House.

"This is the top honor that I'm ever going to receive," Musial told the St. Louis Beacon in his hotel room before the ceremony.

This article first appeared in the St. Louis Beacon: On Sept. 29, 1963 -- "Stan Musial Day" in St. Louis -- 27,576 fans rose to their feet as the 42-year-old Cardinals great was driven around the field seated on the back of a convertible. Team owner August "Gussie" Busch Jr. spoke on behalf of the loyal legions at Busch Stadium that Sunday afternoon and for the countless thousands watching the pre-game retirement ceremonies on live TV at home.

"We wish you could go on forever," Busch said.