Wednesday, April 25, 2012

On this day... Rick Monday becomes an American Hero

April 25th, 1976 at Dodger Stadium. During the fourth inning Cubs outfielder Rick Monday becomes a national hero when he takes away an American Flag about to be set on fire by the two trespassers (a father and son) in the outfield. The Dodgers win the game 5-4 in 10 innings. Rick Monday served six years in the Marine Reserves, will be presented the flag a month later in a pre-game ceremony at Wrigley Field by Dodgers executive Al Campanis as a gesture of patriotic thanks. Rick Monday is traded to the Dodgers for the 1977 season and remained in LA for the rest of his career. Monday is still in possession of the flag he rescued... he has had offers to sell it (for up to $1 million) but has declined all offers.


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