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Medal of Freedom: Before Stan Musial and Bill Russell, which athletes answered the President’s call?

Former St. Louis Cardinals slugger and Baseball Hall of Famer Stan Musial waves to fans during 'Stan Musial Day' at Busch Stadium on October 2, 2010, in St. Louis. (Bill Greenblatt/UPI/File/Newscom)

Among the 15 Presidential Medal of Freedom winners presented with the highest US civilian award at the White House Tuesday are two sports greats, Bill Russell and Stan Musial. Russell led the Boston Celtics to 11 NBA championships and became the first black head coach of a major US sport when he replaced Red Auerbach in 1966. Musial, known as “Stan the Man” to his legion of fans, was a first-ballot Baseball Hall of Famer after compiling 3,630 hits and 475 home runs during 22 seasons with the St. Louis Cardinals. Russell and Musial join 11 other former sports stars in this exclusive company. Take this quiz to see if you can identify the others.

- Ross Atkin

1. His 56-game baseball hitting streak, set in 1941, remains one of the game’s longest-held records:

The Yankees' Joe DiMaggio hit safely in 56 straight games in 1941, a mark that far exceeds the next best streak of 45 games turned in by Willie Keeler in 1896-97.

The Yankees' Joe DiMaggio hit safely in 56 straight games in 1941, a mark that far exceeds the next best streak of 45 games turned in by Willie Keeler in 1896-97.

The Yankees' Joe DiMaggio hit safely in 56 straight games in 1941, a mark that far exceeds the next best streak of 45 games turned in by Willie Keeler in 1896-97.

The Yankees' Joe DiMaggio hit safely in 56 straight games in 1941, a mark that far exceeds the next best streak of 45 games turned in by Willie Keeler in 1896-97.

Pete Rose

 

Joe DiMaggio

 

Rod Carew

 

Willie Mays

 
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