Born February 25, 1919 in Haleburg, Alabama is a former left fielder and righthanded
batter in the Negro Leagues and Major League Baseball who played with
the Newark Eagles (1938-42, 46-48), New York Giants (1949-55) and Chicago
Cubs (1956). Monte Irvin attended Lincoln University and was a star baseball
and football player. In 1951, Irvin sparked the Giants' miraculous comeback to
overtake the Dodgers in the pennant race, batting .312 with 24 homers and a
league-best 121 runs batted in, en route to the World Series (he went 11-24 for
.458). That year Irvin teamed with Hank Thompson and Willie Mays to form the
first all-black outfield in the majors. Later, he finished third in the NL's MVP voting.
In 1952 he was named to the NL All-Star team. In his major league career,
Irvin batted .293, with 99 home runs in 764 games played. He was elected to the
Baseball Hall of Fame in 1973.