Tuesday, January 12, 2016

RIP Monte Irvin

A Hall of Famer and a great part of Giants history, and beloved by all who knew him.

Nice obituary by mlb.com. Here's part --

During his time with the Giants, Irvin batted .296 and was a member of the 1951 and '54 National League champions. He batted .394 in 10 World Series games and led the NL with 121 RBIs in 1951. He finished third in NL Most Valuable Player voting that season, finishing behind Roy Campanella and Stan Musial. He was a member of the NL All-Star team in 1952.
Before the Giants acquired his contract in 1949, Irvin played parts of eight seasons for the Negro Leagues' Newark Eagles. He was a batting champion, a five-time Negro League All-Star and a Negro League World Series winner. He was also an MVP in the Mexican League and the Puerto Rico Winter League.
After his playing career, he worked as a scout for the Mets and as a member of Commissioner Bowie Kuhn's public-relations staff. He remained with Major League Baseball after Kuhn's departure, handling an assortment of special assignments.
Until the final months of his life at a Houston retirement facility, Irvin regularly worked out on the same stationary bike that had once been in the Giants' training room at the Polo Grounds. He watched baseball, too, constantly and joyously. He'd faced Warren Spahn, Don Newcombe and Joe Nuxhall. He hit his last home run off Spahn. He hit a couple off Preacher Roe and five off Ralph Branca.


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