Monte Irvin

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2009


Monte Irvin
Baseball • Lincoln University

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.
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