Forty years ago today (Z: actually it was yesterday), Cubs’ outfielder Rick Monday stopped two men from burning the American flag in Los Angeles.
As Monday recalled in an old video posted on You Tube marking the 30th anniversary (above), he was running toward the two men when the wind blew out the flame from the first match.
That gave him enough time to sweep in from behind at fetch the flag.
“You could smell the lighter fluid,” Monday said. “It was soaking wet.”
As the scoreboard displayed the message, “Rick Monday, You Made A Great Play,” the fans rose and sang, “God, Bless America.”
Los Angeles Dodger Rick Monday saved the American flag from being burned forty years ago.
Z: I like to think that would happen today. I think that, in some crowds, Rick Monday would be booed. I hope not. Rick Monday was honored yesterday at Dodger Stadium for what he did forty years ago. God bless him and the crowd which broke into “God Bless America” after he’d saved the flag from burning.
Thanks, CC! x