THE NEW YORK GIANTS - HAT SIGNED CO-SIGNED BY: ALVIN "AL" DARK, MONTE IRVIN - HFSID 285688
Sale Price $270.00
THE NEW YORK GIANTS: MONTE IRVIN and ALVIN "AL" DARKNew York Mets baseball cap signed by the former New York Giants teammates Hat signed: "Monte/Irvin HOF 73" and "Al Dark". New York Mets baseball cap, signed on the top of the bill by Irvin and underneath the bill by Dark. 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.Alvin Dark (1922-2014),the 1948 Major League Rookie of the Year, spent 7 of his 14 years in the MLB playing shortstop for the New York Giants, the rest split among the Braves, Cards, Cubs and Phillies. He managed the 1962 Giants to the National League pennant and the 1974 A's to the World Championship. Fine condition.
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