MONTE IRVIN - AUTOGRAPHED SIGNED PHOTOGRAPH - HFSID 116649
MONTE IRVIN A signed color publicity photograph of the Giants outfielder holding three bats over his shoulder Photograph signed: "Monte Irvin". Color, 8x10.
Sale Price $144.00
MONTE IRVIN A signed color publicity photograph of the Giants outfielder holding three bats over his shoulder Photograph signed: "Monte Irvin". Color, 8x10. After baseball's color line was broken in 1947, Monte Irvin (1919-2016) became the fourth black player signed to a Major League team. The ballplayer was a four-sport star in high school and was even offered a scholarship to play football at the University of Michigan. Nevertheless, he stuck to baseball, playing for the Newark Eagles of the Negro National League. From 1938 to 1942, he played for the Eagles and, briefly, for the Azules de Veracruz of the Mexican League. After serving in the military from 1943 to 1945, Irvin returned to the Newark Eagles and helped them defeat the Kansas City Monarchs to win the 1946 Negro League World Series. In 1949, the fielder became one of the first black players to sign to an MLB team. He joined the New York Giants, later mentoring his teammate Willie Mays when he joined the team. Hank Thompson, Willie Mays, and Irvin formed the first outfield entirely composed of black players. As a member of the Giants, Irvin helped lead the team to a 1954 World Series win. Irvin was inducted into the Baseball Hall of Fame in 1973. Image slightly grainy. Stamped on verso (no show through). Otherwise, fine condition.
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