LOS ANGELES — Hall of Fame Dodgers broadcaster Vin Scully will receive a pretty cool retirement gift next week. He is one of 21 recipients of the Presidential Medal of Freedom, the highest civilian honor in the United States.
Scully will be presented the award on Tuesday, Nov. 22 at the White House.
"The Presidential Medal of Freedom is not just our nation's highest civilian honor - it's a tribute to the idea that all of us, no matter where we come from, have the opportunity to change this country for the better,” President Barack Obama said in a press release. “From scientists, philanthropists, and public servants to activists, athletes, and artists, these 21 individuals have helped push America forward, inspiring millions of people around the world along the way."
Scully retired this year after a astonishing 67 years calling Dodgers games. His last game was Oct. 2.
The other sports figures to receive the Presidential Medal of Freedom are Kareem Abdul-Jabbar and Michael Jordan. The rest of the list is star-studded as well, including Bruce Springsteen, Robert De Niro, Tom Hanks, Lorne Michaels, Diana Ross and Robert Redford.
Gotta love #VIN. Here's @WhiteHouse @PressSec calling Vin Scully to let him know he's a recipient of the Presidential Medal of Freedom. pic.twitter.com/uvoks5tAR1— Los Angeles Dodgers (@Dodgers) November 16, 2016
The ceremony will be streamed live by the White House.