Rick Monday, the former Santa Monica High baseball star who went on to become a National League two-time all star, was inducted into the Southern California Sports Broadcasters Hall of Fame during the organization’s annual awards luncheon this month.
Monday is beginning his 15th year as a Dodger broadcaster.
He came out of Samohi and went on to Arizona State, where he led the Sun Devils to the 1965 College World Series championship and then became the first player chosen in baseball’s initial first-year player draft.
As a player he helped the Dodgers to the 1981 World Series championship and National League pennants in 1977, ’78 and ’81.
However, Monday’s greatest fame came from saving the American flag from being burned by two protesters in the outfield during a 1976 game at Dodger Stadium when he played for the Chicago Cubs.
Monday was later presented with a Bicentennial Commendation by President Gerald Ford for his service to others.