Great moment in baseball history – April 25, 1976

Rick Monday

Rick Monday

During a game at Dodger Stadium, two protesters ran on the field, knelt down and poured lighter fluid on the American flag with the intention of burning it. As Rick Monday testified, the wind blew the first match out – and as they were about to touch the second match to the flag, Monday came from behind, snatched it and ran it to safety. Here is a clip of Cubs outfielder Rick Monday on April, 25, 1976 at Dodger Stadium saving the American flag from burning. Thank you Rick Monday! I wonder what ever happened to those two clowns that tried to burn our flag?

Monday, a two-time all-star who played in the majors for 19 years with the Kansas City A’s, the Oakland A’s, the Chicago Cubs and the Los Angeles Dodgers was the Chicago Cubs center fielder that day and went 3 for 5 with 2 runs scored and a RBI. The Cubs lost that game to the Dodgers in the bottom of the 10th inning by a 5-4 score on a walk-off single by Ron Cey. The box score can be found here.

Monday has been a broadcaster for the Los Angeles Dodgers since 1993 after starting his sports casting career in 1985.

Former Twins, pitcher Mike Marshall and catcher Randy Hundley also played in this game.

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