Having been a Dodger fan since they were back in Brooklyn my office is festooned with Dodger bats balls and all manner of autographed sports memorabilia.
I saw Rick Monday in real time. It was great but doesn’t compare to the video below and the tribute along with the explanations that followed following his gutsy move.
So compelled was I for my home town favorites I played with them when I was 39 and again 40 at their Fantasy Camp at Vero Beach, Florida.
Once drafted by my Manager, “Sweet Lou Johnson,” I was advised that there were 5 traits that made a player likely to succeed in the Big Leagues, there were, speed/quickness, hitting for power, arm strength, hitting for average, and fielding.
I was told on no uncertain terms that I had none of the above. LOL.
To0 bad they didn’t count “Heart,” during my second season, I batted 393 with the signed stats to prove it.
Baseball is also a game of smarts.
I payed close attention to my batting coach Tommy Davis whose mantra was “You got to sit to hit,” meaning wait for a specific pitch and hit it.
Knowing everyone had a curve ball, by watching it’s release, I knew it was coming, and sat on it and it the ball to right field.
Yep heart and brains carried me through the week.
Rick Monday then of the Chicago Cubs, played for a number of teams throughout his major league career.
He broke in with the Kansas City Athletics, then on to Oakland, Chicago, and ended his 19 year career playing his last 8 years for the Los Angeles Dodgers.
He had excellent statistics which can be seen here. (Source)
He was inducted into the College Baseball hall of Fame, the MLB Broadcasters Hall of Fame, but has not yet been inducted in to the Major League Baseball Hall of Fame.
On April 25, 1976 at Dodger Stadium, Rick Monday of the Chicago Cubs, grabbed and secured the American flag from two individuals as they were attempting to burn our flag in the middle of the playing field.
It was an outstanding display of American Patriotism.
Due to the numerous references to ‘allah’ and insistence that their chairs be faced in a certain direction while being questioned, the two, a father and his son, were described to be Muslims by several security personnel including an off duty police officer in attendance at the game who went down to the security room soon after the incident.
Others claim that the two, William Errol Thomas and his brother, later corrected to be Thomas and his 11-year-old son (not identified due to his age) were war protesters.
Must see video and tribute below.
Others claimed Thomas escaped from a mental institution, others said that his wife was being held illegally and against her will in a mental institution and various other claims.
Regardless, it’s probably safe to say that what they attempted to do was a disgrace to our American Flag and every American citizen.
Aside from public ridicule, Thomas incurred minimal legal actions for his actions.
He was fined $60 for trespassing and placed on probation for a year.
No formal charges were filed against his 11-year-old son who was treated as a juvenile offender.
Something that was also confusing was obtaining the flag burner’s real name.
Security personnel at the stadium said that his name was William Errol Morris.
However, the police report and court records all list him as William Errol Thomas, Aka William Errol Morris (Criminal courts building record Case# 31-543367 Thomas, William Errol, Jr. Violation Sec. 602, P.C. one year probation and ordered not to enter Dodger Stadium during probationary period.)
His attorney in the public-defender’s office said that Thomas was American Indian, a transient living out of the back of his car.
DMV yielded no information nor did the registrar of voters or Veterans Administration.
The Bureau of Indian Affairs in Phoenix had no information nor were there any military records.