The year was 1976. The country was still healing from the Vietnam war and the Watergate scandal. A large faction of the population remained hostile to the changes society was undertaking. It was the bicentennial year and everyone was looking forward to celebrating the country’s 200th birthday.
On April 25 baseball season was underway and the Chicago Cubs had traveled to Los Angeles to play a three-game series against the Dodgers. It was a sunny day in southern California that Sunday. The crowd of 25,167 was there as much for the sun tan as they were for ball game.