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..