- 1B, 3B, OF, LF, RF
- Mr. Murder
- February 25, 1919
- 6' 1"
- 195 lbs
- Major League Debut:
- 7-08-1949 with NY1
- Hall of Fame:
Playing in the Negro leagues during his prime, talented Monte Irvin made it to the majors in 1949 with the Giants. Despite his years in the shadows, Irvin still enjoyed a fine career, finishing among league leaders in many offensive categories in 1951 and 1953, his best seasons in the majors. In 1951 he paced the National League in RBI, helping the Giants to the pennant.
Monte Irvin Teammates
Best Season: 1951
Like many stars who came from the Negro leagues, Irvin was a five-tool player. In 1951 he finished near the league-lead in home runs and steals, paced the league in RBI, and was third in triples. He batted .312 with a .514 slugging mark, and a had a .415 OBP in the only ML season he stayed healthy. He was 32 years old, and his best seasons had been in the Negro leagues.
Where He Played
Left field in the big leagues, though he played the infield in the Negro leagues.
Nine Other Players Who Debuted in 1949
#7 (1949), #20 (1950-1955), #39 (1956)
Willie Mays, Buck O'Neil
Hall of Fame Voting
Year Election Votes Pct
1973 Negro League %
1951 World Series
1954 World Series
November 27, 1955: Drafted by the Chicago Cubs from the New York Giants in the 1955 Rule V draft.
Whitey Lockman, believe it or not.
Best Strength as a Player
Athleticism; Irvin had been a four-sport all-stater at East orange High School in New Jersey. He was quick, fast, and he had a great throwing arm and good hitting power.
The first official statistics for the Negro leagues were compiled as part of a statistical study sponsored by the National Baseball Hall of Fame and supervised by Larry Lester and Dick Clark, in which a research team collected statistics from thousands of boxscores of league-sanctioned games. The first results from this study were the statistics for Negro league Hall of Famers elected prior to 2006, which were published in Shades of Glory by Lawrence D. Hogan. These statistics include the official Negro league statistics for Monte Irvin:
|1946||Newark - c||40||149||34||57||8||2||6||36||3||16||.383||.584|
|c = pennant and Negro League World Series championship.|
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