On April 25, 1976, Chicago Cub center fielder Rick Monday took his position on the field at Dodger Stadium in Los Angeles, not knowing that he was about to make history.
Monday noticed two protesters on the grass in left field spraying lighter fluid on a U.S. flag all while trying to ignite a match. Without hesitation, Monday showed his patriotism and honor to war heroes by running over to the protesters and snatching the flag before they could set fire to it.
Months later, the flag was presented to Monday in a ceremony at Wrigley Field in Chicago and the brave act was eventually announced by the Baseball Hall of Fame as one of the “100 Classic Moments” in the history of the game. And to this day, Monday has the flag insured and safely locked away.
Watch a clip of Monday saving his country’s flag and hear why he did so by clicking here.