Saturday, February 24, 2018

The Man Who Saved the American Flag

Think back to ancient times...the spring of 1976.

Two protestors decide to burn the American flag during the fourth inning of a game at Dodgers Stadium. (This was the Bicentennial year; flag burning was trendy then, sadly.) They douse it with gasoline, get a flame going, and...

One of the players, Cubs centerfielder Rick Monday, disagrees with them -- publicly.



Monday played for the A's, the Cubs and the Dodgers. Eventually he became an announcer for the Dodgers, a job he continues today.

He was a good player, even an All-Star...but a great American.




"If you're going to burn the flag, don't do it around me. I've been to too many veterans' hospitals and seen too many broken bodies of guys who tried to protect it."
                                                Rick Monday

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