Monte Irvin

Monte Irvin
Birthdate 2/25/1919
Death Date 1/11/2016
Debut Year 1949
Year of Induction 1973
Teams Cubs, Giants, Negro Leagues
Position Left Field

An outstanding Negro League player for the Newark Eagles, Monte Irvin was among the first wave of African-Americans in the Major Leagues.

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Many believed Monte Irvin would break the color barrier

Many believed Monte Irvin would break the color barrier

Many believed Monte Irvin would become the first to break baseball’s color barrier. No less an authority than HoFer Effa Manley owner of Irvin’s Newark Eagles has this to say, “Monte was the choice of all Negro National and American League club owners to serve as the No. 1 player to jo
Cooperstown opened its doors to Irvin in the summer of '73

Cooperstown opened its doors to Irvin in the summer of '73

In this handwritten letter from January 10, 1992 Monte Irvin writes about his career and induction to the Hall of Fame. “When I was a youngster I did not have the luxury of dreaming to play in the Major Leagues, much less becoming a Hall of Famer. When it finally happened in 1973 it was the gr
Irvin served as a PR specialist in the office of the commissioner from 1968-84

Irvin served as a PR specialist in the office of the commissioner from 1968-84

Always a great ambassador of the game, Monte Irvin served in the Commissioner’s Office as a public relations specialist from 1968-1984. After he stepped down and retired to Florida, Irvin accepted an MLB role involving special projects and appearances. Irvin had a role in baseball for his enti

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