By John Sutton
The online petition to the White House to have Yankees great Yogi Berra considered for the Presidential Medal of Freedom reached the needed 100,000 votes mere hours before the midnight deadline on Monday night.
The petition now merits a response from the White House.
The campaign points to Berra’s military service and civil rights activism as reasons he should receive the honor, which nine other baseball players have received.
“A man of unimpeachable integrity and respect, he befriended the first black and Latino baseball players in Major League Baseball,” the petition states. “He is currently an ambassador for Athlete Ally, which promotes LGBT rights in sports. Berra enlisted in the U. S. Navy during World War Il and served during the D-Day invasion. He continues to be an avid supporter of our armed forces.”
The petition was started in May by the board of directors at the Yogi Berra Museum and Learning Center in Little Falls, N.J.
Berra played 18 seasons for the Yankees, winning 10 World Series rings to go along with three MVP awards. He also managed the Mets to the 1973 NL Pennant.