Monte Irvin*
Left Field, Right Field
New York Giants

Batting Average .304
Home Runs 137
Runs Batted In 688

Newark Eagles (1938-1942, 1946-1948)
New York Giants (1949-1955)
Chicago Cubs (1956)


Hall of Fame
Monte Irvin*
Left Field, Right Field
New York Giants
Flip Card
Monte Irvin Batting


Monte Irvin Breaks the Color Barrier With the New York Giants (July 8, 1949)

  • National Negro League Batting Champion (1941, 1946)
  • 4x NgL All-Star (1941, 1946-1948)
  • MLB All-Star (1952)
  • Negro World Series winner (1946)
  • World Series Champion (1954)
  • National League RBI Leader (1951)
  • San Francisco Giants retired jersey No. 20
  • National Baseball Hall of Fame 1973

Monford Merrill “Monte” Irvin, who played with the Newark Eagles (1938-42, 1945-48), was a champion long before his historic New York Giants debut.

This four-time Negro Leagues All-Star dazzled fans north and south of the border as the 1942 Mexican League batting champion with a .397 average, the 1945-46 Puerto Rican Winter League “MVP,” and as a two-time batting champion with the Newark Eagles. His hitting prowess (401) helped the Eagles win the 1946 Negro World Series.

On July 8, 1949, Irvin, at 30-years-old, walked on the field as a New York Giant. He played a critical role in the Giants’ 1951 and 1954 World Series contests. In 1951, although the New York Yankees defeated the Giants (4-2), he tied a World Series record with 11 hits and a .458 series-high batting average. He went on to hit .262 with 19 home runs and 64 RBI during the 1954 season and played a key role in the Giants’ pennant win and its four-game World Series victory against the Cleveland Indians. He retired in 1957 and was inducted into the National Baseball Hall of Fame in 1973.