A Sunday Feel Good Story – A Fielder and a Flag

Some of you baseball fans may remember on April 25, 1976 at a baseball game at Dodger Stadium, two people tried to burn the American flag in the middle of the playing field. Playing centerfield for the Chicago Cubs, Rick Monday quickly stepped in and grabbed the flag away from the punks before they could set it on fire.

He handed the flag to Los Angeles pitcher Doug Rau, and the ballpark police officers arrested the two intruders. When he came to bat in the next half-inning, he got a standing ovation from the crowd and the big message board behind the left-field bleachers in the stadium flashed the message, “RICK MONDAY… YOU MADE A GREAT PLAY”

Monday, who also served with the Marine Corps Reserve, later said, “If you’re going to burn the flag, don’t do it around me. I’ve been to too many veterans’ hospitals and seen too many broken bodies of guys who tried to protect it.”

Kudos to you, Rick Monday for your patriotic actions and ditto to Tommy Lasorda who was about to do the same thing.

“If that’s all you’re known for, it’s not a bad thing at all.”


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6 Responses to A Sunday Feel Good Story – A Fielder and a Flag

  1. CW says:

    Love that story. Miss the patriotism. Thanks, Kathy.

  2. Uriel says:

    I wish others acted so well and quickly to stand up for truth, flag, and nation. I can only hope if I am ever tested that I will also stand tall.

    • Kathy says:

      Oh, I bet you would. There’s a lot of people that would have done the same thing, given the opportunity. Monday was just faster.

  3. 219rad says:

    Great story Kathy. I never heard/saw it before. I love the frame just before the one guy threw something (lighter fluid can?) at Rick, the other guy still on the ground with match poised and didn’t even realize the flag wasn’t there any longer. Bravo Rick and bravo photographer!!!.

    • Kathy says:

      Thanks, I’d never heard it either, but back then we only had the big media to depend on, and it would have been briefly mentioned in the sports segment. Rick scooped up that flag like it was ground ball and just kept on running before that guy knew what happened!

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