Monte Irvin

Baseball Hall of Fame outfielder Monte Irvin has died at the age of 96. Irvin played seven seasons for the New York Giants and one for the Chicago Cubs.

Irvin started his career playing for the Newark Eagles of the Negro National League. He served in the Military during World War II and then went back to playing for the Eagles. He was a five-time Negro League All-Star.

In 1949, The Giants signed him to a contract. He led the league in RBI’s in 1951 and teamed up with Hank Thompson and Willie Mays to form the first all-black outfield in the majors. He was a Major League Baseball All-Star in 1952 and he helped lead the Giants to a World Series Championship in 1954.

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Irvin had a career batting average of .293 and he was inducted into the Hall of Fame in 1973. After his playing career, he was named an MLB public relations specialist for the commissioner's office under Bowie Kuhn in 1968. The appointment made him the first black executive in professional baseball.

On June 26, 2010, the San Francisco Giants officially retired his number 20 uniform. He was joined by fellow Hall of Famers Willie Mays, Willie McCovey, Juan Marichal, Gaylord Perry and Orlando Cepeda in the pre-game ceremony.

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