It's been 40 years since Rick Monday saved that U.S. flag from being burned

40 years ago today, Rick Monday saved an American flag from being burned on the field.
40 years ago today, Rick Monday saved an American flag from being burned on the field. (MLB.com screen grab)

On this date in 1976, Cubs outfielder Rick Monday saved an American flag from being burned on the field at Dodger Stadium by two protestors. Monday raced over and grabbed the flag before the duo could light it on fire.

Here's video of Monday saving Old Glory:

"What they were doing was wrong, and I wanted them off the field," said Monday to David Davis of VICE Sports. "I did not want them to be able to desecrate an American flag that some of my buddies lost their lives for, representing the rights and freedoms that you and I enjoy."

Monday served six years in the Marine Corps Reserves. The two protestors, a man and his 11-year-old son, pled guilty to trespassing. The son was held in juvenile hall, the father was sentenced to three days in jail and and one year probation.

America was celebrating its bicentennial in 1976 and it was common to see American flags at the ballpark. Monday, who is now part of the Dodgers' radio broadcast team, will be honored on the field at Dodger Stadium prior to Monday's game.

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Mike Axisa joined CBS Sports in 2013. He has been a member of the BBWAA since 2015 and has previously written about both fantasy baseball and real life baseball for MLBTradeRumors.com, FanGraphs.com, RotoAuthority.com,... Full Bio

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