Baseball legend Hank Aaron to receive Stan Musial Lifetime Achievement Award

By NewsRadio 1120 KMOX

ST. LOUIS (KMOX) - Major League Baseball's one-time home run king, National Baseball Hall of Famer and Presidential Medal of Freedom recipient Hank Aaron will be honored this year with the Stan Musial Lifetime Achievement Award for Sportsmanship.  

The honor presented at the annual Musial Awards – the most important awards in sports – has previously gone to sports icons such as Joe Torre, Arnold Palmer, Cal Ripken Jr. and Jackie Joyner-Kersee. The Lifetime Achievement Award recognizes an iconic sports figure who exemplifies sportsmanship and the qualities for which Musial was known. 

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One of the most important and respected sports figures of all-time, @HenryLouisAaron is the 2020 recipient of the Musial Lifetime Achievement Award for #Sportsmanship.Full announcement: https://t.co/I6csAaLZKw#MusialAwards #Stantennial pic.twitter.com/NFakkUBeQ6

— Musial Awards (@MusialAwards) August 20, 2020

Unfortunately due to the pandemic, this year's live event will not occur. It had been scheduled to take place at Stifel Theatre in St. Louis on Nov. 21, the exact date of Musial's 100th birthday.

Instead, the show will go on in the form of a one-hour special that will air nationally on CBS on Saturday, Dec. 26. The Musial Awards broadcast will feature the inspiring stories of Aaron and the other 2020 honorees which are expected to be announced later this fall.

Like Musial, Aaron was a model of consistency and longevity with 25 All-Star Game selections. His crowning moment of course came in 1974 when he surpassed Babe Ruth’s home run record of 714. “Hammerin’ Hank” would finish with 755. Aaron overcame the ugliness of racism. The target of death threats and hate mail, he courageously persevered. His strength, goodness and decency make him a true American hero – and as deserving a recipient there could be for the Musial Lifetime Achievement Award. “Our dad had such deep respect and admiration for Hank, and it’s wonderful that their connection continues through this honor,” said the Musial family. “It means so much to us that Hank had been planning to come to St. Louis to personally accept the award. While we are saddened to miss that moment this year because of the pandemic, we do look forward to the opportunity at some point to convey our appreciation to Hank and express how much he meant to Dad."

MUSIAL AWARDS PLANS FOR STAN'S 100TH: Although its traditional live show will not take place as scheduled this year, the Musial Awards is making other plans to mark Musial’s 100th birthday on Nov. 21:
  • The Musial Awards is working with the St. Louis Cardinals to organize an outdoor celebration at Busch Stadium that will adhere to social distancing guidelines.
  • A “Stantennial” party box will be available for purchase, giving fans the opportunity to celebrate Stan’s 100th in their own homes. 
  • The Musial Awards has launched a Musial Moments campaign, encouraging fans to submit their favorite memories of Stan The Man and recount the personal interactions they had with the beloved baseball superstar and civic icon. Fans can share their stories at MusialAwards.com/Moments.      
More details on the celebration at Busch Stadium and the “Stantennial” party boxes will be announced in the coming weeks.

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