It didn't happen on Memorial Day weekend, and it was a long time ago, but the day Rick Monday saved an American flag from being burnt in the outfield at Dodger Stadium still resonates with baseball fans thirty-five years later.
It is remembered as one of the most patriotic moments in Major League Baseball history, but it wasn't a planned celebration or moment.
It just happened.
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