ST. LOUIS (KMOX)- Baseball Hall of Famer Yogi Berra’s family is mounting a campaign to get the 90-year-old St. Louis native awarded the Presidential Medal of Freedom from President Barack Obama.
Born on “The Hill” in St. Louis, the longtime New York Yankees catcher, coach, and manager appeared in 21 World Series, winning 13 of them.
Berra served in the U.S. Navy during World War II.
His museum and learning center on the campus of Montclair State University in Little Falls NJ is helping coordinate petition efforts for the medal of freedom campaign. Click here to visit the petition page.
Here is the text accompanying the online petition for the medal: “Yogi Berra should be awarded the Presidential Medal of Freedom. A man of unimpeachable integrity and respect, he befriended the first black and Latino baseball players in Major League Baseball. He is currently an ambassador for Athlete Ally, which promotes LGBT rights in sports. Berra enlisted in the U. S. Navy during World War Il and served during the D-Day invasion. He continues to be an avid supporter of our armed forces. Berra greatly values education. While with the Yankees, he created a scholarship at Columbia University that is still active 50 years later. His namesake Museum & Learning Center serves 20,000 students annually with character education programs and teaches the values of respect, sportsmanship and inclusion that Berra has demonstrated throughout his life and career.”