During his 19-season career in Major League Baseball, outfielder Rick Monday hit 241 home runs, made two all-star game appearances and batted in 775 runs. However, there is one play, which some call the greatest play in baseball history, for which Monday will forever be known.

During a game at Dodger Stadium on April 25, 1976, a pair of protesters ran onto the field mid-game. The two preceded to produced an American flag and, armed with some lighter fluid and a book of matches, planned on burning old glory in front of the crowded stadium.

Watching from his position in center-field, Rick Monday wasn't having it. What he did next earned him immortality.

"If you're going to burn the flag, don't do it around me," Monday said in an interview. "I've been to too many veterans' hospitals and seen too many broken bodies of guys who tried to protect it."

Watch the legendary moment as it occurred 40 years ago, on April 25 1976: