Monte Irvin

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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.

In the collection:

Monte Irvin reflects on induction

Monte Irvin reflects on induction

In this handwritten letter from January 10, 1992 Monte Irvin his career and induction to the Hall of Fame. Great content here starting with Irvin’s admission, “When I was a youngster I did not have the luxury of dreaming to play in the Major Leagues, much less becoming a Hall
Handwritten letter to HoF sportwriter Joe Reichler

Handwritten letter to HoF sportwriter Joe Reichler

Many beleived 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
Handwritten note sending warm wishes to a fan

Handwritten note sending warm wishes to a fan

For many years Monte Irvin was a willing signer through the mail. Here he responds to a fan’s letter saying, “You’re a great fan. I wish there were more like you.” Always a great ambassador of the game, Irvin served in the Commissioner’s Office as a public relations spe

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