Thursday, April 25, 2019

43rd Anniversary Of Rick Monday's 'Great Play' In Dodgers Stadium

Rick Monday, at the time an outfielder for the Chicago Cubs, made what might be called one of his best plays in his MLB career, 43 years ago on April 25, 1976 at Dodgers Stadium in a game between the Los Angeles Dodgers and the Chicago Cubs.  Ironically, Monday would finish his career with the Los Angeles Dodgers.

MLB player and patriot - Rick Monday
This iconic moment in baseball history was actually not a baseball play at all.  It occurred as a couple of jerks came on the field and were about to set the American flag on fire. One thing to know about Rick, who is now a baseball announcer, is that he was not only a very good baseball player but also a former member of the Marine Corps Reserve.  So, I bet you can guess that Rick was not just going to stand there and watch them burn the flag.

Here it is thanks to Major League Baseball:  April 25, 1976 at Los Angeles Dodgers Stadium - Dodgers vs. Cubs:

After this incident Monday was presented by the Dodgers organization with the American flag he saved on "Rick Monday Day" at Wrigley Field on May 4, 1976. 

Tales salutes great American patriot, Rick Monday, especially for his service. 


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