Born on February 25, 1919 in Haleburg, Alabama, Monford Merrill Irvin, known as Monte, is a former professional baseball player who appeared in both the Major League Baseball and the Negro leagues. He played as a famous football varsity athlete at Lincoln University and started his professional career in 1947. He led the Mexican League in batting average with .397 and scored 20 home runs. He was awarded as the Most Valuable Player in the league after a few months joined the military service for the World War II. In 1945, he was named as the Most Valuable Player in the Puerto Rican Winter League and batted .373 in the International League.
His first Major League Baseball game was on July 8, 1949 for the New York Giants and was named as the MVP in the National League voting. He finished his major league career with .293 batting average and 99 home runs. He also posted 28 stolen bases and 351 walks. He appeared in a total of 764 games both for the New York Giants and the Chicago Cubs. In the Negro league, he played for the Newark Eagles.
After his major league career, he worked as a scout for the New York Mets and as a public relations specialist for Bowie Kuhn.
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