Thanks, Michelle , for reminding me of this fantastic play by Rick Monday.
Rick Monday, a former Marine, playing for the Chicago Cubs in
Dodger Stadium, saved the American Flag from being burned by a couple of college guys.
AP Photo/Los Angeles Herald Examiner, James Roark) (James Roark - AP)
Yes, on April 25, 1976, in Dodger Stadium, received a standing "O" for saving the flag.
correction: from Captain Ed:
However, when Monday took off with the flag, all of the cynicism and defeatism of the past two years melted away. Watching Monday rescue the flag from two lunatics who tried to hijack a baseball game for their protest, which would have provided the perfect nadir of American morale at that time, the crowd did something no one expected. Lasorda recalled in his book that starting softly, the crowd started singing "God Bless America", completely unprompted, until all of the tens of thousands of Dodger fans had joined together to sing it. It was one of the few unscripted and spontaneous patriotic displays in our Bicentennial, and one of the most moving at any time.