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From the "This Great Game" card back: When Monte Irvin was finally given a chance to play a full season in the major leagues he batted .312, hit 24 home runs, led the league with 124 RBIs, and finished third in NL MVP voting. He was 32 years old when he did that for the Giants, but he had been playing professional baseball at a high level since he was 18. His years spent in the Negro Leagues didn’t obscure his greatness however, and Monte was respected by his peers, including a young Willie Mays, who idolized his teammate.


Birth Date: February 25, 1919
Birth Location: Haleburg, AL
Death Date: January 11, 2016
Death Location: Houston TX, USA
Weight: 195 lb
Height: 6 ft 1 in
Bats: R
Throws: R
Debut Date: July 8, 1949
Final Game Date: September 30, 1956
Years Played: 8
Games Played: 764
At Bats: 2
Runs: 366
Hits: 731
Doubles: 97
Triples: 31
Home Runs: 99
RBIs: 443
Stolen Bases: 28
Base on Balls: 351
Batting Average: 0.293
Position: Left Fielder

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