On this Date in 1976: Rick Monday Saved the American Flag from Being Burned

As the Cubs faced the Los Angeles Dodgers at Dodger Stadium on April 25, 1976, a pair of protesters ran outonto the field in the bottom of the fourth inning with an American flag doused in lighter fluid.

The pair tried to light the flag on fire using matches they brought for the purpose, but Marine Corps veteran and Cubs centerfielder Rick Monday wasn’t having any of that.

Monday bolted across the field and yanked the flag right out from under the anti-American protesters.

The crowd leapt to its feet in applause and the scoreboard broke out in a message reading “Rick Monday… you made a great play.”



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