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Willie Mays, Yogi Berra among Medal of Freedom honorees

FILE - In this June 4, 2015, file photo San Francisco Giants Hall of Fame baseball player Willie Mays listens in the East Room of the White House in Washington, during a ceremony where President Barack Obama honored the 2014 World Series champion baseball team. President Barack Obama on Monday, Nov. 16, 2015, named seventeen recipients, including Mays, of the Presidential Medal of Freedom. (AP Photo/Evan Vucci)

FILE – In this June 4, 2015, file photo San Francisco Giants Hall of Fame baseball player Willie Mays listens in the East Room of the White House in Washington, during a ceremony where President Barack Obama honored the 2014 World Series champion baseball team. President Barack Obama on Monday, Nov. 16, 2015, named seventeen recipients, including Mays, of the Presidential Medal of Freedom. (AP Photo/Evan Vucci)

WASHINGTON (AP) — Baseball legends Willie Mays and the late Yogi Berra will be honored with the nation’s highest civilian award, the Presidential Medal of Freedom.

They are among 17 people who will be recognized by President Barack Obama at a Nov. 24 ceremony.

Honorees from the entertainment world include Barbra Streisand, Steven Spielberg, Stephen Sondheim, Gloria and Emilio Estefan, James Taylor and Itzhak Perlman.

Politicians include Sen. Barbara Milkulski, former Rep. Lee Hamilton and the late Shirley Chisholm, the first African-American woman elected to Congress.

Other honorees include veterans advocate Bonnie Carroll; NASA mathematician Katherine G. Johnson; and former EPA chief and deputy attorney general William Ruckelshaus, known for refusing to fire the Watergate special prosecutor. Posthumous recipients include Indian tribal advocate Billy Frank Jr. and civil rights advocate Minoru Yasui.

 

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