Monte Irvin Autographed 8x10 Photograph (unframed) FREE SHIPPING!
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ABOUT THIS COLLECTIBLE
FREE SHIPPING! Monford Merrill "Monte" Irvin (February 25, 1919 – January 11, 2016) is an important player, not only in Giants history but in baseball history. He played with the Newark Eagles (1938–42, 46–48), Giants (1949–55) and Cubs (1956). He grew up in New Jersey and was a standout football player at Lincoln University. Irvin left Lincoln to spend several seasons in Negro league baseball. In 1949, the New York Giants paid $5,000 for his contract. He was one of the first black players to be signed, as Jackie Robinson had only broken the MLB color line in 1947. When future Hall of Famer Willie Mays joined the Giants, Irvin was asked to mentor him. Mays later said, "In my time, when I was coming up, you had to have some kind of guidance. And Monte was like my brother..." In 1951, Irvin sparked the Giants' miraculous comeback to overtake the Dodgers in the pennant race, batting .312 with 24 homers and a league-best 121 RBIs, en route to the World Series. In the third game of the playoff between the Giants and Dodgers, Irvin batted in the bottom of the ninth inning before Bobby Thomson hit the Shot Heard 'Round the World. That year Irvin teamed with Hank Thompson and Willie Mays to form the first all-black outfield in the Majors. Irvin eventually played in two World Series for the Giants (winning in 1954) and was inducted into the Baseball Hall of Fame in 1973. This classic pose 8x10 photo was hand-signed by Irvin before his death and we're offering a lmited number unframed..Just a timeless collectible celebrating an unsung Giant...and baseball...hero. And a great ball player! Sports Gallery Certificate of Authenticity included.