Medal of Freedom Fits Musial Well

St. Louis Post-Dispatch

About 11:30 a.m. a man in a radiant red sports jacket appeared in the distance, his wheelchair rolling speedily down the sidewalk along Pennsylvania Avenue, rounding a corner and headed for home.

It was Stan Musial's Day at the White House.

"This is the greatest day I had in my life," Musial would say later, as this most magical and meaningful day began to wind down.

And from the beginning you could tell that The Man was ready to receive the Presidential Medal of Freedom. He was fired up, sharp, mentally locked in. Smiling at President Barack Obama. Applauding the 14 other recipients. And not missing a beat.

And as a natural-born crowd-pleaser, Musial was also ready for the big show. A clutch hitter, you just knew he'd come through in a way that matched the...

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