"On behalf of the entire Giants organization and our fans, we congratulate Willie Mays on being recognized for the Presidential Medal of Freedom, which honors his accomplishments, values and military service. As everyone knows, Willie is a national treasure and one of the greatest players in the history of baseball. I cannot think of a more fitting tribute to recognize Willie for his endless contributions to our national pastime."
The Medal of Freedom is presented to individuals who have made an especially meritorious contribution to the security and national interests of the United States, world peace, cultural or other significant public or private endeavors. It was established in 1963 by President John F. Kennedy.