Early Wednesday morning, President Barack Obama announced 21 recipients of the Presidential Medal of Freedom and of the 21, the Dodgers’ very own Vin Scully was one of them.
The award is the Nation’s highest civilian honor and will be presented at the White House on November 22nd.
— Los Angeles Dodgers (@Dodgers) November 16, 2016
Vin Scully to get presidential Medal of Honor Nov. 22. Other recipients include Bruce Springsteen, Robert Redford, Bill Gates, Frank Gehry.
— Bill Shaikin (@BillShaikin) November 16, 2016
According to the official White House press release, the award represents:
The Presidential Medal of Freedom is the Nation’s highest civilian honor, presented to individuals who have made especially meritorious contributions to the security or national interests of the United States, to world peace, or to cultural or other significant public or private endeavors.
Here is the entire list of people being honored with the prestigious awards:
- Kareem Abdul-Jabbar
- Elouise Cobell
- Ellen DeGeneres
- Robert De Niro
- Richard Garwin
- Bill and Melinda Gates
- Frank Gehry
- Margaret H. Hamilton
- Tom Hanks
- Grace Hopper
- Michael Jordan
- Maya Lin
- Lorne Michaels
- Newt Minow
- Eduardo Padrón
- Robert Redford
- Diana Ross
- Vin Scully
- Bruce Springsteen
- Cicely Tyson
Scully had a notable year, retiring as a Dodgers broadcaster after 67 years.
On January 29, 2016, the Los Angeles City Council renamed Elysian Park Avenue to Vin Scully Avenue. Also this year, on September 23, the Mayor of Los Angeles, Eric Garcetti, presented Vin with the Key to the City of Los Angeles.
Vin will receive the Presidential Medal of Freedom seven days before his 89th birthday.