Dodgers to Celebrate Special Anniversary

In honor of the 30th anniversary of his saving the American flag on April 25, 1976, the Los Angeles Dodgers will recognize Rick Monday on Sunday, April 23 with a video tribute. The Dodger broadcaster will also be on hand to throw out the first ceremonial pitch.

Recently, the National Baseball Hall of Fame named Monday's heroic effort as one of the 100 Classic Moments in the history of the game.

On that day in 1976, Monday was playing center field for the Chicago Cubs during a game at Dodger Stadium. Though the Vietnam War had ended the year before, it didn't stop two protestors from trying to burn an American flag on the outfield grass.

Once the fans reached left-center, one of them took out a match and tried to light it. At that point, Monday raced towards them and just before they could set fire to the flag, he reached down and grabbed it from underneath them.

"To this day I couldn't tell you what was running through my mind except I was mad because what they were trying to do was wrong," Monday said. "When I reflect back upon it now, I still get goose bumps."

Monday was presented with the flag at Wrigley Field by Dodger executive Al Campanis. It still hangs in his home in Vero Beach, Florida.

In addition to the pregame ceremonies at Dodger Stadium, Monday will also be honored during the Dodgers' game against the Houston Astros at Minute Maid Park on April 25.