Source: Craig Calcaterra, NBC Sports 
It’s the nation’s highest civilian honor. According to the White House, the award is given 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.”
As it was, Obama noted that, even though he was a White Sox fan, he always believed Banks when he claimed that, someday, the Cubs will win it all.
Banks joins Hank Aaron, Roberto Clemente, Joe DiMaggio, Stan Musial, Buck O’Neil, Frank Robinson, Jackie Robinson and Ted Williams as Medal of Freedom recipients from the game of baseball.