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Monte Irvin
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Monte as a New York Giant


Growing Up

Negro Leagues

Joining the Majors



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Joining the Majors

As Major League teams began to explore breaking the color barrier, Monte was one of the players to attract the attention of Major League scouts. In 1947, Jackie Robinson became the first African-American to break the color barrier. Two years later, Monte was signed by the New York Giants affiliate in Jersey City.

Monte crushed minor league pitching, putting up incredible numbers that led to his promotion during the 1949 season. He struggled in his first attempt in the majors, but returned with a strong season in 1950.

In the major leagues, Monte developed a reputation as a strongclutch hitter, leading the National League in runs batted in. In 1951, he led the Giants miracle comeback from 13 and a half games back over the Brooklyn Dodgers, batting .365 down the stretch. Although the Giants lost to the Yankees in the World Series, Monte posted incredible numbers. He batted .458 and became the first player in 38 yearsto steal home during a World Series game.

Monte (left) visits Jackie Robinson.*

Monte steals home in the 1951 World Series.*

*Photo Credit - "Baseball Hall of Gamers of the Negro Leagues - Monte Irvin," by Katie Haegele
** Photo Credit - "Nice Guys Finish First the Autobiography of Monte Irvin"

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