Skip to comments.The Greatest Play In Baseball!
Posted on 03/18/2014 6:21:13 PM PDT by dontreadthis
I remember this well. Rick Monday saves the day.
Should have slid into them with spikes high.
Isn’t it great just by reading the title I knew what you’d be referring to?
I remember that. It got one news cycle of coverage.
It was kind of remarkable, given the tenor of the time.
Of course, I don’t know what would happen if someone tried it today. Federal Marshals might swoop in and give the flag back to the protestors, along with a blowtorch.
To steal the quote ... how did I not know about this?
Those A—holes are probably leaders in the Democrat Party today.
It was some guy an his 11 year old son.
All comments disabled for this video. Of course they are, Utube...wouldn’t want any patriotic comments being made.
I think one of those guys trying to light the flag was a young Barack Obama.
On April 25, 1976, Rick Monday was playing center field for the Chicago Cubs in a game at Dodger Stadium when two protesters, William Thomas and his 11-year-old son, ran onto the field and attempted to set fire to an American flag.
They laid the American flag on the field and doused it with lighter fluid.
However, before they were able to get a match lit, Monday ran over and took the flag away and carried it off the field. Thomas and his son were arrested and taken from the stadium.
After Monday saved the flag and the crowd at Dodger Stadium realized what had just happened, they cheered Monday’s effort and broke out into spontaneous singing of “God Bless America.”
I was ready to argue this until I actually watched it. (That is what sports is all about right?)
That is, without a doubt the greatest play.
Anyway, this would never happen in a major league ballpark today. Anybody running on the field today would get tackled hard by a platoon of security guards within 15 seconds. Back in those days, you could actually run out onto a ball field. Yeah, you would eventually get handcuffed and arrested but they'd be really mellow about it. More likely than not, they'd just march you out of the park, remove the handcuffs and tell you to go home.
I’ve seen that play by Monday but never heard the interview. Thanks for sharing it. It made me smile and warmed my heart.
I would rather that these two scum-sucking idiots never have their names mentioned. Keep them anonymous so that they get no thrill from their ‘daring’ deed!
Rick Monday on the other hand - KUDOS!
“Anyway, this would never happen in a major league ballpark today. Anybody running on the field today would get tackled hard by a platoon of security guards within 15 seconds. Back in those days, you could actually run out onto a ball field. Yeah, you would eventually get handcuffed and arrested but they’d be really mellow about it. More likely than not, they’d just march you out of the park, remove the handcuffs and tell you to go home.”
I remember when fans would run out onto the field during rain delays and slide on the tarp..
Excellent. Great comments from Monday too.
This link has comments and most, not all, but most look just like us here, very respectful and full of pride in the greatness of this save!!!
Thanks. Good to know there are like minded folks able to comment about this on u tube ;)
Rick Monday was a fine ballplayer who had many career highlights, but to be remembered for this is not bad.
Is that John Kerry?
I remember Yankee fans all over the field after Chris Chambliss’s homerun in the 1976 ALCS. Chambliss had to come back later and touch home plate.
That is so cool———thanks for sharing it.
I remember it. Brings tears to my eyes.
I’ve seen that video before. It is and always will be worth watching again.
Monday got standing O’s in ballparks around the country after that. And, the Dodgers traded for him the next year.
Why did these protesters, (scumbag’s name here), 36, and his 11-year-old son run onto the field to burn the flag? They were arrested and fined $60. Monday said he never was interested in asking. Attempts to locate (scumbags name here), or to determine whether he’s still alive, were unsuccessful.
What happened to the photographer, James Roark, of the now-defunct Los Angeles Herald Examiner, who shot the only photo of the incident? Roark, whose photo was nominated for the Pulitzer Prize, lost his job, became a night cook in Portland and was beaten and killed outside a restaurant in 1995. He was 49.
And the tattered flag that was soaked with lighter fluid? It’s in Monday’s possession in a safe-deposit box, surviving the hurricanes near his Vero Beach, Fla., home. He was offered $1 million for the flag several years ago, he said, but rejected the overture.
“The flag is faded, and it’s somewhat tattered,” Monday said. “It wasn’t like it was just bought off the shelf. It wasn’t in great shape from the start.
“But the flag is not for sale. What this flag represents, you can’t buy.”
thank you for rounding this out
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