Aaron receives nation's highest civilian honor

Updated: July 9, 2002, 9:52 PM ET
Associated Press

WASHINGTON -- Hank Aaron, baseball's career home run king, was among 12 people honored Tuesday with the Presidential Medal of Freedom.

President Bush presented the nation's highest civilian honor to leaders from the arts, sports, entertainment, politics and journalism in the East Room of the White House.

Bush said Aaron "overcame poverty and racism to become one of the most accomplished baseball players of all time.''

Aaron hit 755 home runs in his 23-year career with the Milwaukee ...

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