Rick Monday Stats

Rick Monday was born on Tuesday, November 20, 1945, in Batesville, Arkansas. Monday was 20 years old when he broke into the big leagues on September 3, 1966, with the Kansas City Athletics. His biographical data, year-by-year hitting stats, fielding stats, pitching stats (where applicable), career totals, uniform numbers, salary data and miscellaneous items-of-interest are presented by Baseball Almanac on this comprehensive Rick Monday baseball stats page.

"There goes Rick Monday. He and Manny Mota are so old that they were the waiters at the Last Supper." - Los Angeles Dodgers Manager (1976-1996) Tommy Lasorda in Baseball Digest (January 1983, 'They Said It', Page 5)
Rick Monday

Rick Monday Autograph on a 1971 Topps (#135)
Rick Monday Autograph on a 1971 Topps (#135)

Birth Name:
Robert James Monday, Jr.
Nickname:
Rick
Born On:
11-20-1945  (Scorpio)
Place of Birth Data Born In:
Batesville, Arkansas
Year of Death Data Died On:
Still Living ( 100 Oldest Living )
Place of Death Data Died In:
Still Living
Cemetery:
n/a
High School:
Santa Monica High School (Santa Monica, CA)
College:
Batting Stances Chart Bats:
Left
Throwing Arms Chart Throws:
Left
Player Height Chart Height:
6-03
Player Weight Chart Weight:
200
First Game:
09-03-1966 (Age 20)
Last Game:
06-20-1984
Draft:
1965 : 1st Round (1st) / Signing Bonus = $100,000
Rick Monday

Rick Monday Pitching Stats

G GS GF W L PCT ERA CG SHO SV IP BFP H ER R HR BB IBB SO WP HB BK HLD
- - Did Not Pitch - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - -
G GS GF W L PCT ERA CG SHO SV IP BFP H ER R HR BB IBB SO WP HB BK HLD
Rick Monday

Rick Monday Hitting Stats

G AB R H 2B 3B HR GRSL RBI BB IBB SO SH SF HBP GIDP AVG OBP SLG
1966 21 Athletics 17 41 4 4 1 1 0 0 2 6 0 16 0 0 0 0 .098 .213 .171
1967 22 Athletics 124 406 52 102 14 6 14 0 58 42 2 107 5 4 2 5 .251 .322 .419
1968 23 Athletics 148 482 56 132 24 7 8 0 49 72 7 143 2 3 4 5 .274 .371 .402
1969 24 Athletics 122 399 57 108 17 4 12 2 54 72 11 100 4 1 5 6 .271 .388 .424
1970 25 Athletics 112 376 63 109 19 7 10 0 37 58 0 99 5 1 2 8 .290 .387 .457
1971 26 Athletics 116 355 53 87 9 3 18 0 56 49 5 93 3 2 0 5 .245 .335 .439
1972 27 Cubs 138 434 68 108 22 5 11 0 42 78 8 102 3 4 1 4 .249 .362 .399
1973 28 Cubs 149 554 93 148 24 5 26 1 56 92 7 124 3 1 1 3 .267 .372 .469
1974 29 Cubs 142 538 84 158 19 7 20 0 58 70 6 94 4 3 2 4 .294 .375 .467
1975 30 Cubs 136 491 89 131 29 4 17 0 60 83 12 95 7 1 1 8 .267 .373 .446
1976 31 Cubs 137 534 107 145 20 5 32 0 77 60 8 125 2 3 2 7 .272 .346 .507
1977 32 Dodgers 118 392 47 90 13 1 15 0 48 60 6 109 2 2 0 4 .230 .330 .383
1978 33 Dodgers 119 342 54 87 14 1 19 0 57 49 11 100 3 2 1 4 .254 .348 .468
1979 34 Dodgers 12 33 2 10 0 0 0 0 2 5 0 6 0 0 0 1 .303 .395 .303
1980 35 Dodgers 96 194 35 52 7 1 10 0 25 28 3 49 0 0 1 1 .268 .363 .469
1981 36 Dodgers 66 130 24 41 1 2 11 0 25 24 3 42 0 1 1 0 .315 .423 .608
1982 37 Dodgers 104 210 37 54 6 4 11 1 42 39 6 51 1 3 1 3 .257 .372 .481
1983 38 Dodgers 99 178 21 44 7 1 6 0 20 29 9 42 0 1 0 3 .247 .351 .399
1984 39 Dodgers 31 47 4 9 2 0 1 0 7 8 3 16 2 0 0 0 .191 .309 .298
G AB R H 2B 3B HR GRSL RBI BB IBB SO SH SF HBP GIDP AVG OBP SLG
19 Years 1,986 6,136 950 1,619 248 64 241 4 775 924 107 1,513 46 32 24 71 .264 .361 .443
Rick Monday

Rick Monday Fielding Stats

POS G GS OUTS TC TC/G CH PO A E DP PB CASB CACS FLD% RF
1966 Athletics CF 15 11 321 30 2.0 29 28 1 1 0 n/a n/a n/a .967 2.44
1967 Athletics CF 110 105 2,781 274 2.5 266 255 11 8 5 n/a n/a n/a .971 2.58
1967 Athletics LF 3 2 54 6 2.0 6 5 1 0 1 n/a n/a n/a 1.000 3.00
1968 Athletics CF 144 134 3,549 316 2.2 309 298 11 7 3 n/a n/a n/a .978 2.35
1969 Athletics CF 119 111 3,054 270 2.3 260 257 3 10 0 n/a n/a n/a .963 2.30
1970 Athletics CF 109 99 2,676 259 2.4 254 251 3 5 2 n/a n/a n/a .981 2.56
1971 Athletics CF 111 95 2,679 248 2.2 244 239 5 4 1 n/a n/a n/a .984 2.46
1972 Cubs CF 132 121 3,264 272 2.1 271 266 5 1 2 n/a n/a n/a .996 2.24
1972 Cubs RF 2 2 54 5 2.5 5 4 1 0 0 n/a n/a n/a 1.000 2.50
1973 Cubs CF 148 144 3,795 336 2.3 327 318 9 9 2 n/a n/a n/a .973 2.33
1974 Cubs CF 139 135 3,630 319 2.3 314 304 10 5 5 n/a n/a n/a .984 2.34
1975 Cubs CF 131 131 3,456 326 2.5 317 311 6 9 0 n/a n/a n/a .972 2.48
1976 Cubs 1B 32 31 855 334 10.4 331 309 22 3 17 n/a n/a n/a .991 10.45
1976 Cubs CF 99 96 2,583 282 2.8 280 277 3 2 0 n/a n/a n/a .993 2.93
1976 Cubs LF 5 4 105 6 1.2 6 6 0 0 0 n/a n/a n/a 1.000 1.54
1977 Dodgers 1B 3 0 30 15 5.0 15 13 2 0 0 n/a n/a n/a 1.000 13.50
1977 Dodgers CF 115 112 2,799 214 1.9 212 209 3 2 0 n/a n/a n/a .991 2.05
1978 Dodgers 1B 1 0 15 8 8.0 8 8 0 0 1 n/a n/a n/a 1.000 14.40
1978 Dodgers CF 80 74 1,755 157 2.0 156 154 2 1 0 n/a n/a n/a .994 2.40
1978 Dodgers LF 11 6 192 10 0.9 10 9 1 0 0 n/a n/a n/a 1.000 1.41
1978 Dodgers RF 31 16 486 40 1.3 40 40 0 0 0 n/a n/a n/a 1.000 2.22
1979 Dodgers CF 8 8 189 24 3.0 24 24 0 0 0 n/a n/a n/a 1.000 3.43
1979 Dodgers RF 3 2 42 3 1.0 2 2 0 1 0 n/a n/a n/a .667 1.29
1980 Dodgers CF 31 27 615 56 1.8 55 54 1 1 0 n/a n/a n/a .982 2.41
1980 Dodgers LF 1 0 9 0 0.0 0 0 0 0 0 n/a n/a n/a .000 0.00
1980 Dodgers RF 27 18 492 41 1.5 39 38 1 2 0 n/a n/a n/a .951 2.14
1981 Dodgers LF 6 2 60 5 0.8 5 5 0 0 0 n/a n/a n/a 1.000 2.25
1981 Dodgers RF 37 29 738 50 1.4 48 47 1 2 0 n/a n/a n/a .960 1.76
1982 Dodgers 1B 4 3 84 27 6.8 27 24 3 0 2 n/a n/a n/a 1.000 8.68
1982 Dodgers LF 18 15 366 16 0.9 14 12 2 2 0 n/a n/a n/a .875 1.03
1982 Dodgers RF 41 34 840 55 1.3 53 51 2 2 0 n/a n/a n/a .964 1.70
1983 Dodgers 1B 4 1 57 20 5.0 19 18 1 1 1 n/a n/a n/a .950 9.00
1983 Dodgers LF 14 12 288 18 1.3 17 16 1 1 0 n/a n/a n/a .944 1.59
1983 Dodgers RF 31 27 615 47 1.5 46 46 0 1 0 n/a n/a n/a .979 2.02
1984 Dodgers 1B 10 7 210 77 7.7 76 72 4 1 3 n/a n/a n/a .987 9.77
1984 Dodgers LF 2 2 30 2 1.0 2 2 0 0 0 n/a n/a n/a 1.000 1.80
1984 Dodgers RF 1 0 6 0 0.0 0 0 0 0 0 n/a n/a n/a .000 0.00
POS G GS OUTS TC TC/G CH PO A E DP PB CASB CACS FLD% RF
CF Totals 1,491 1,403 37,146 3,383 2.3 3,318 3,245 73 65 20 n/a n/a n/a .981 2.41
RF Totals 173 128 3,273 241 1.4 233 228 5 8 0 n/a n/a n/a .967 1.92
LF Totals 60 43 1,104 63 1.1 60 55 5 3 1 n/a n/a n/a .952 1.47
1B Totals 54 42 1,251 481 8.9 476 444 32 5 24 n/a n/a n/a .990 10.27
19 Years 1,778 1,616 42,774 4,168 2.3 4,087 3,972 115 81 45 n/a n/a n/a .981 2.58
Rick Monday

Rick Monday Miscellaneous Stats

SB CS SB% PH PR DH AB/HR AB/K AB/RBI K/BB K/9 BB/9
1966 Athletics 1 1 .500 3 3 n/a 0.0 2.6 20.5 - - -
1967 Athletics 3 6 .333 13 2 n/a 29.0 3.8 7.0 - - -
1968 Athletics 14 6 .700 7 0 n/a 60.3 3.4 9.8 - - -
1969 Athletics 12 3 .800 7 2 n/a 33.3 4.0 7.4 - - -
1970 Athletics 17 11 .607 2 4 n/a 37.6 3.8 10.2 - - -
1971 Athletics 6 9 .400 8 0 n/a 19.7 3.8 6.3 - - -
1972 Cubs 12 9 .571 4 2 n/a 39.5 4.3 10.3 - - -
1973 Cubs 5 12 .294 3 0 n/a 21.3 4.5 9.9 - - -
1974 Cubs 7 9 .438 4 0 n/a 26.9 5.7 9.3 - - -
1975 Cubs 8 3 .727 4 1 n/a 28.9 5.2 8.2 - - -
1976 Cubs 5 9 .357 5 1 n/a 16.7 4.3 6.9 - - -
1977 Dodgers 1 4 .200 5 0 n/a 26.1 3.6 8.2 - - -
1978 Dodgers 2 4 .333 17 1 n/a 18.0 3.4 6.0 - - -
1979 Dodgers 0 0 .000 2 0 n/a 0.0 5.5 16.5 - - -
1980 Dodgers 2 2 .500 47 1 n/a 19.4 4.0 7.8 - - -
1981 Dodgers 1 2 .333 27 0 n/a 11.8 3.1 5.2 - - -
1982 Dodgers 2 1 .667 48 0 n/a 19.1 4.1 5.0 - - -
1983 Dodgers 0 0 .000 55 0 n/a 29.7 4.2 8.9 - - -
1984 Dodgers 0 0 .000 21 0 n/a 47.0 2.9 6.7 - - -
SB CS SB% PH PR DH AB/HR AB/K AB/RBI K/BB K/9 BB/9
19 Years 98 91 .519 282 17 n/a 25.5 4.1 7.9 - - -
Rick Monday

Rick Monday Miscellaneous Items of Interest

1966 Kansas City Athletics 28 Undetermined - -
1967 Kansas City Athletics 7 Undetermined - -
1968 Oakland Athletics 7 Undetermined Stats -
1969 Oakland Athletics 7 $25,000.00 - -
1970 Oakland Athletics 7 $28,000.00 - -
1971 Oakland Athletics 7 $30,000.00 - -
1972 Chicago Cubs 7 Undetermined - -
1973 Chicago Cubs 7 Undetermined - -
1974 Chicago Cubs 7 Undetermined - -
1975 Chicago Cubs 7 Undetermined - -
1976 Chicago Cubs 7 $90,000.00 - -
1977 Los Angeles Dodgers 16 $200,000.00 - Stats
1978 Los Angeles Dodgers 16 $220,000.00 Stats Stats
1979 Los Angeles Dodgers 16 $240,000.00 - -
1980 Los Angeles Dodgers 16 $260,000.00 - -
1981 Los Angeles Dodgers 16 $280,000.00 - Stats
1982 Los Angeles Dodgers 16 Undetermined - -
1983 Los Angeles Dodgers 16 Undetermined - -
1984 Los Angeles Dodgers 16 Undetermined - -


Did you know that Tommy Lasorda , a scout for the Los Angeles Dodgers at the time, offered Rick Monday $20,000 to sign with the Dodgers out of high school in 1963, but Arizona State University coach Bobby Winkles, who was also from Monday's native Arkansas, convinced Monday to play for the Sun Devils (who won the 1965 College World Series thanks in part to Monday and another future major leaguer named Reggie Jackson )? After that victory and a college Player of the Year Award, Monday was selected as the first overall pick in the inaugural Major League First-Year Player Draft in 1965 by the Kansas City Athletics .

Did you know that Rick Monday, who happened to be born on a Tuesday, finished his career with 241 home runs, 26 of which were hit on a Monday?

Rick Monday Bobblehead

Rick Monday Bobblehead | Rick Monday Flag-Saving Bobblehead Night | August 26, 2013
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On April 25, 1976 , during a game at Dodger Stadium, two war-protesters, William Thomas and his 11-year-old son, ran into the outfield and tried to set fire to an American flag. Monday described to us the act of patriotism in great detail:

Rick Monday Saves Old Glory (by Rick Monday)

In between the top and bottom of the fourth inning, I was just getting loose in the outfield, throwing the ball back and forth. Jose Cardenal was in left field and I was in center. I don't know if I heard the crowd first or saw the guys first, but two people ran on the field. After a number of years of playing, when someone comes on the field, you don't know what's going to happen. Is it because they had too much to drink? Is it because they're trying to win a bet? Is it because they don't like you or do they have a message that they're trying to present?
When these two guys ran on the field, something wasn't right. And it wasn't right from the standpoint that one of them had something cradled under his arm. It turned out to be an American flag. They came from the left-field corner, went past Cardenal to shallow left-center field.
That's when I saw the flag. They unfurled it as if it was a picnic blanket. They knelt beside it, not to pay homage but to harm it as one of the guys was pulling out of his pocket somewhere a big can of lighter fluid. He began to douse it.
What they were doing was wrong then, in 1976. In my mind, it's wrong now, in 2006. It's the way I was raised. My thoughts were reinforced with my six years in the Marine Corp Reserves. It was also reinforced by a lot of friends who lost their lives protecting the rights and freedoms that flag represented.
So I started to run after them. To this day, I couldn't tell you what was running through my mind except I was mad, I was angry and it was wrong for a lot of reasons.
When the wind blew the first match out. There was hardly ever any wind at Dodger Stadium. The second match was lit, just as I got there. I did think that if I could bowl them over, they can't do what they're trying to do.
I saw them go and put the match down to the flag. It's soaked in lighter fluid at this time. Well, they can't light it if they don't have it. So I just scooped it up.
My first thought was, 'Is this on fire?' Well, fortunately, it was not. I continue to run. One of the men threw the can of lighter fluid at me. We found out he was not a prospect. He did not have a good arm. Thank goodness.

Rick Monday Saves The Flag | Dodger Stadium | April 25, 1976

Monday then handed the flag to Doug Rau and the LAPD arrested the two protestors. When Monday came to bat in the next half-inning, he got a standing ovation from the crowd and the big message board behind the left-field bleachers in the stadium flashed the message, "RICK MONDAY... YOU MADE A GREAT PLAY..." Monday still has the flag he rescued from the protesters; he has been offered up to $1 million to sell it, but has declined all offers.

"Blue Monday" is the term heartbroken Montreal Expos fans use to refer to Game 5 of the 1981 League Championship Series - the Expos ' only real chance they had at a pennant in their 36-year history in the National League. Monday, who was basically a fourth outfielder by that point in his career, smashed a two-out ninth-inning home run off the Expos' Steve Rogers 1981 World Series , defeating the New York Yankees 4 games to 2.

Last-Modified: August 21, 2018 10:52 AM EST

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