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Former St. Louis Cardinals slugger and member of the National Baseball Hall of Fame Stan Musial, waves to fans during Stan Musial Day at Busch Stadium on October 2, 2010, in St. Louis. Word has come from the White House on November 17, 2010 that Musial will receive the Presidential Medal of Freedom in January 2011. Musial, who will be 90 later this week, is one of 14 awarded the Medal of Freedom today. Others include former President George H.W. Bush;  Maya Angelou, poet; Germany Chancellor Angela Merkel; U.S. Rep. John Lewis, D-Ga.; John H. Adams, co-founder of the Natural Resources Defense Council; Warren Buffet, investor and philanthropist; Jasper Johns, artist; Dr. Tom Little, U.S. ophthalmologist murdered in Afghanistan; Yo-Yo Ma, musician; Sylvia Mendez, civil rights activist; Bill Russell, former NBA player; Jean Kennedy Smith, former ambassador; and John Sweeney, former AFL-CIO president.  UPI/Bill Greenblatt/FILES

Musial Atop List of Sports Legends Lost in 2013

St. Louis native Earl Weaver, the Rams’ Deacon Jones, and Jacksonville Ill. native Ken Norton also passed away.

12/31/2013

Ken Norton (credit: Ethan Miller/Getty Images)

Keidel: Final Bell Sounds For Famed Boxer Ken Norton

Before other sports matched the money and none of the danger, boxing was must-watch theater, a distillation of the rags-to-riches narrative that personified the American Dream. And Ken Norton was Exhibit A.

09/19/2013

Former heavyweight champion boxer Ken Norton, Sr. in 2006 photo (AFP/Getty/Elizabeth Ruiz)

Former Heavyweight Champ Ken Norton Dies

Boxer grew up in Jacksonville, Illinois.

09/18/2013

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