Hall of Famer Monte Irvin, an outfielder who starred for the New York Giants in the 1950s, died on 11 January 2016 in Houston, Texas, the USA. He was 96.
Irvin was the oldest living former Negro Leagues player. He lived in a retirement community in Houston prior to his death.
Who was Monte Irvin?
• Irvin was a left fielder and right fielder in the Negro leagues and Major League Baseball (MLB) who played with the Newark Eagles, New York Giants and Chicago Cubs.
• He grew up in New Jersey and was a standout football player at Lincoln University.
• He left Lincoln to spend several seasons in Negro league baseball. However, his career was interrupted by military service from 1943 to 1945.
• When he joined the New York Giants, he became one of the earliest African-American MLB players.
• He played in two World Series for the Giants.
• He was inducted into the Baseball Hall of Fame in 1973.
• After his playing career, he played the role of a baseball scout and held an administrative role with the MLB commissioner's office.
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