Forty years ago today, this happened:
On April 25, 1976, Rick Monday, outfielder for the Chicago Cubs and former Marine, saved the American flag from protesters who were attempting to set it on fire in the outfield at Dodger Stadium. (Click here to see the famous photo of the event.) According to the Los Angeles Times and the blog Misc. Baseball, William Thomas was charged with trespassing and released three days later. Thomas claimed he was trying to make a statement about his wife’s imprisonment in a mental institution.