Rick Monday was a baseball player.
In 1963, Monday was offered $20,000 by Tommy Lasorda and the Los Angeles Dodgers to sign out of high school. He turned it down to play college baseball at Arizona State University where, in 1965, Monday was All-American and garnered Player of the Year honors after leading the Sun Devils to the College World Series and a national championship.
In the 1965 MLB draft, Monday was chosen 1st overall by the Kansas City Athletics. His career spanned three decades, playing for the Athletics, Cubs, and Dodgers. During that time, Monday was selected as an all-star in 1968 and 1978. In 1984, he retired from professional baseball.
As a baseball player growing up, I remember Rick Monday. I remember, too, many of the great players that were his teammates…Dusty Baker, Ron Cey, Steve Garvey, Orel Hershiser, Tommy John, Fernando Valenzuela, and Mike Scioscia.
Rick Monday is remembered, though, for what has been called the greatest play in baseball. It happened on April 25, 1976. Monday was an outfielder for the Chicago Cubs, and they were playing the Los Angeles Dodgers. A good friend, Tommy Thompson, reminded me of this a while back. Here is a video recounting the play.