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Monte Irvin

Montford Merrill Irvin (Mr. Murder)

Positions: Leftfielder and First Baseman
Bats: Right, Throws: Right
Height: 6' 1", Weight: 195 lb.

Born: February 25, 1919 in Haleburg, AL
High School: East Orange HS (East Orange, NJ)
School: Lincoln University (Lincoln University, PA)
Signed
as a Free Agent with the New York Giants in 1949. (All Transactions)
Debut: July 8, 1949 (Age 30.133)   vs. BRO 0 AB, 0 H, 0 HR, 0 RBI, 0 SB
Rookie Status: Exceeded rookie limits during 1950 season [*]
Teams (by GP): Giants/Cubs 1949-1956

Final Game: September 30, 1956 (Age 37.218)   vs. CIN 0 AB, 0 H, 0 HR, 0 RBI, 0 SB
Inducted into the Hall of Fame by Negro League Committee as Player in 1973.
   View Monte Irvin Page at the Baseball Hall of Fame (plaque, photos, videos).

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Career Home Runs

For all seasons after 1973, the play-by-play data is complete (summary of missing data for pre-1974). For some games from 1954 to 1973, we do not have complete play-by-play.

Monte Irvin: 99 Career Home Runs

0 leading off, 0 walk-off, 9 tying, 37 go ahead, 6 lacking some details
2 Tms
NYG84
CHC15
 
vs RHP72
vs LHP27
 
Away56
Home43
 
Leverage
High Lev22
Medium Lev38
Low Lev33
8 Opps
BRO19
CIN19
CHC17
PIT13
BSN/MLN12
PHI10
STL6
NYG3
62 Pitchers
Ralph Branca5
Warren Spahn4
Ken Raffensberger4
Bob Rush4
Warren Hacker3
Johnny Klippstein3
Don Newcombe3
Johnny Hetki3
Howie Fox3
Bubba Church3
Carl Erskine2
Russ Meyer2
Al Brazle2
Paul Minner2
Robin Roberts2
Preacher Roe2
Cal Hogue2
Ewell Blackwell2
Vern Law2
Howie Pollet2
9 Parks
Polo Grounds36
Wrigley Fld16
Ebbets Fld13
Crosley Fld9
Shibe Pk7
Sprtsmn3/Busch5
Forbes Fld5
County Stad4
Braves Fld4
Where Hit
749
918
Unk15
810
787
General field locations
when available.
 
1 Inside the Park
 
Game Totals
1·HR gms93
2·HR gms3
Gms w/ this # = 0
are not shown.
 
OrderPos
4th48
6th18
5th17
3rd7
7th4
8th4
9th1
Outs
034
131
228
Unk6
 
DefPos
LF73
RF13
1B12
PH1
Bases
---54
1--18
12-7
Unk6
1-36
1233
-2-3
--31
-231
 
166 RBI
RISP21
0 on55
1 on25
2 on15
3 on4
Any on44
Inning
112
216
36
416
58
611
711
813
93
Extra3
 
1-334
4-635
7-end30
RelScore
+4..8
+36
+26
+113
Tied30
-19
-27
-34
-4..10
Unk6
 
Ahead33
Tied30
Behind30
Unk6
Before event,
for batter

Play By Play

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1950 HRs#car#yr#gmDate@Bat PitcherScoreInnOutRoBRBIBOPPosWPAbWENotesPlay Description
11111950-05-18NYGCHCDutch Leonardahead 6-4b 611234390.08998%Home Run; Gilbert Scores; Stanky Scores; Lockman Scores
22211950-05-20 (1)NYGCINEwell Blackwelltied 0-0b 3012-3390.18384%Home Run; Stanky Scores; Lockman Scores
33311950-06-24NYGCINJohnny Hetkiahead 7-0b 61---1390.004100%Home Run
44411950-07-01NYGBSNWarren Spahnbehind 0-2b 41---1390.11540%Home Run
55511950-07-09NYG@BSNVern Bickfordt 8237
66611950-08-06 (1)NYGPITBill Werletied 0-0b 12---1330.10061%Home Run
77711950-08-23NYG@CHCJohnny Klippsteinbehind 0-1t 42---1530.12545%Home Run
88811950-08-27 (2)NYG@CINHowie Foxt 8163
99911950-09-01NYG@BROPreacher Roeahead 1-0t 321--2430.18276%Home Run; Dark Scores
10101011950-09-04 (2)NYG@PHISteve Ridzikahead 7-0t 61---1530.00799%Home Run
11111111950-09-05NYG@BROPreacher Roebehind 0-1t 40---1430.11950%Home Run
12121211950-09-10NYGBRODon Newcombeahead 1-0b 12-2-2530.15078%Home Run; Mueller Scores
13131311950-09-14 (2)NYGPITBill Macdonaldbehind 0-1b 21---1530.10853%Home Run
14141411950-09-21NYGCINHowie Foxtied 0-0b 21---1530.10663%Home Run
15151511950-09-27 (1)NYGPHIRobin Robertstied 0-0b 20---1530.10365%Home Run
1951 HRs#car#yr#gmDate@Bat PitcherScoreInnOutRoBRBIBOPPosWPAbWENotesPlay Description
1616111951-04-19 (2)NYG@BSNBobby Hoguebehind 6-9t 811234430.54574%Home Run; Stanky Scores; Lockman Scores; Thompson Scores
1717211951-05-04NYGPITJoe Muirahead 4-1b 70---1830.02997%Home Run
1818311951-05-23NYG@CHCPaul Minnertied 0-0t 401--2570.18873%Home Run; Westrum Scores
1919411951-05-30 (1)NYGBSNMax Surkonttied 3-3b 50---1890.14471%Home Run
2020511951-06-07NYGCINKen Raffensbergerbehind 1-5b 70---1590.05512%Home Run (LF Line)
2121611951-06-12NYG@CINKen Raffensbergertied 3-3t 10112-3590.38396%Home Run (LF-CF); Dark Scores; Westrum Scores
2222711951-06-17 (1)NYG@PITHowie Pollett 8359
2323811951-06-17 (2)NYG@PITMel Queent 6277
2424911951-06-22NYG@CHCJohnny Klippsteinbehind 2-3t 4212-3870.33270%Home Run; Lockman Scores; Westrum Scores
25251011951-06-24NYG@CHCBob Rushbehind 0-5t 211-33870.13328%Home Run; Lockman Scores; Mays Scores
26261111951-06-28NYGBRORalph Brancatied 1-1b 42---1770.13865%Home Run
27271221951-06-28NYGBRORalph Brancabehind 2-4b 8112-3770.60385%Home Run; Lockman Scores; Westrum Scores
28281311951-07-25NYG@PITVern Lawahead 2-0t 52---1470.09482%Home Run
29291411951-08-09NYG@BRORalph Brancatied 0-0t 121--2470.18466%Home Run (Line Drive); Mueller Scores
30301511951-08-12 (1)NYGPHIJocko Thompsonbehind 0-2b 3112-3470.27865%Home Run; Stanky Scores; Mueller Scores
31311611951-08-22NYGCINEwell Blackwelltied 0-0b 20---1470.10666%Home Run
32321711951-08-27 (2)NYGCHCBob Rushahead 5-1b 70---1470.01599%Home Run
33331811951-09-05 (2)NYG@BSNJim Wilsonahead 4-0t 421-33470.08297%Home Run; Dark Scores; Mueller Scores
34341911951-09-07NYG@BSNPhil Paineahead 6-3t 90---1470.01799%Home Run
35352011951-09-09NYG@BRORalph Brancatied 0-0t 401--2470.18873%Home Run; Mueller Scores
36362111951-09-13 (1)NYG@STLDick Bokelmannbehind 2-6t 811--2470.06110%Home Run; Mueller Scores
37372211951-09-18NYG@CINHowie Foxahead 4-1t 42-2-2470.10591%Home Run; Mueller Scores
38382311951-09-26NYG@PHIAndy Hansenahead 1-0t 1012-3470.15584%Home Run; Dark Scores; Thomson Scores
39392411951-10-01NYG@BRORalph Brancaahead 2-1t 80---1470.11886%Home Run (Fly Ball)
1952 HRs#car#yr#gmDate@Bat PitcherScoreInnOutRoBRBIBOPPosWPAbWENotesPlay Description
4040111952-08-27NYG@PITHowie Polletahead 1-0t 12---1470.09867%Home Run (LF-CF)
4141211952-09-08 (1)NYGBROKen Lehmanbehind 0-5b 12--32470.10122%Home Run; Dark Scores
4242311952-09-09NYGPITCal Hogueahead 1-0b 10-233470.10587%Home Run (Deep LF); Dark Scores; Lockman Scores/unER
4343411952-09-12 (1)NYGCINBubba Churchahead 2-1b 32---1470.10875%Home Run
1953 HRs#car#yr#gmDate@Bat PitcherScoreInnOutRoBRBIBOPPosWPAbWENotesPlay Description
4444111953-04-25NYG@BRORuss Meyerbehind 3-5t 711--2470.26046%Home Run (Fly Ball); Thomson Scores
4545211953-04-26NYG@BROBilly Loesbehind 3-8t 91---1470.0041%Home Run (Fly Ball)
4646311953-05-04 (1)NYGCINKen Raffensbergertied 0-0b 20---1470.09965%Home Run
4747411953-05-09 (2)NYGPITJohnny Hetkiahead 3-0b 221--2470.10390%Home Run; Thomson Scores
4848511953-05-15NYG@CINHowie Judsonbehind 0-2t 60---1490.11835%Home Run
4949611953-05-18NYG@STLAl Brazletied 5-5t 721-33490.37287%Home Run; Dark Scores; Hofman Scores
5050711953-05-19NYG@CHCWarren Hackertied 0-0t 20---1490.09960%Home Run
5151811953-05-20NYG@CHCBob Rushtied 1-1t 321--2490.20267%Home Run; Williams Scores
5252911953-06-06NYGCHCJohnny Klippsteintied 0-0b 121--2470.17470%Home Run; Thompson Scores
53531011953-06-07 (1)NYGCHCWarren Hackerbehind 4-7b 70---1470.09524%Home Run
54541111953-06-11NYGMLNJim Wilsontied 0-0b 41---1470.12466%Home Run
55551211953-06-28NYG@CHCBubba Churchahead 3-0t 31---1470.06884%Home Run
56561311953-07-08NYG@PITJohnny Hetkitied 5-5t 1111234470.27098%Home Run; Williams Scores; Lockman Scores; Thompson Scores
57571411953-07-11NYG@BRORuss Meyertied 0-0t 111-33470.17774%Home Run (Fly Ball); Dark Scores; Thompson Scores
58581511953-07-12NYG@BROCarl Erskineahead 1-0t 60---1470.11777%Home Run (Fly Ball)
59591611953-07-18NYGCHCTurk Lownahead 5-3b 511--2470.11392%IPHRInside-the-park Home Run to RF; Thompson Scores
60601711953-07-25NYGCINFred Baczewskitied 0-0b 20---1470.09965%Home Run
61611811953-08-01NYG@CINKen Raffensbergertied 2-2t 40---1470.11962%Home Run
62621911953-08-04NYG@CHCBob Rushbehind 0-5t 70---1470.0296%Home Run
63632011953-08-06NYG@CHCWarren Hackerbehind 4-6t 8012-3470.41774%Home Run; Dark Scores/unER; Thompson Scores
64642111953-09-13 (1)NYG@MLNWarren Spahntied 0-0t 20---1470.10460%Home Run
1954 HRs#car#yr#gmDate@Bat PitcherScoreInnOutRoBRBIBOPPosWPAbWENotesPlay Description
6565111954-04-18NYG@BROBilly Loesahead 5-2t 60---1670.05691%Home Run (LF-CF)
6666211954-04-19NYGPITCal Hoguebehind 0-7b 40---1670.0236%Home Run
6767311954-04-25 (2)NYGPHIMurry Dicksonahead 1-0b 411--2670.16285%Home Run; Mueller Scores
6868411954-05-02 (1)NYG@STLAl Brazlebehind 5-6t 61---1470.16447%Home Run
6969511954-05-03NYG@STLVic Raschit 1237
7070611954-05-13NYGCHCBubba Churchtied 1-1b 12---1470.10261%Home Run
7171721954-05-13NYGCHCHal Jeffcoatahead 5-3b 72---1470.06393%Home Run
7272811954-05-22NYG@PHIPaul Pensontied 0-0t 121--2470.18366%Home Run; Thompson Scores
7373911954-05-28NYGBROBen Wadeahead 13-6b 81---1470.001100%Home Run (LF-CF)
74741011954-06-06 (1)NYG@CINFrank Smithtied 2-2t 82---1470.28570%Home Run
75751111954-06-29NYGBRODon Newcombetied 0-0b 22---1770.11062%Home Run
76761211954-07-06NYG@BROBob Millikenahead 3-2t 70---1670.12381%Home Run
77771311954-07-07NYG@BRODon Newcombeahead 6-2t 51---1670.04493%Home Run
78781411954-07-08NYG@BROCarl Erskineahead 4-2t 40---1670.08481%Home Run
79791511954-07-09NYGPITPaul LaPalmebehind 1-2b 601--2570.28174%Home Run; Mays Scores
80801611954-07-11 (1)NYGPITVern Lawahead 1-0b 20---1670.09175%Home Run
81811711954-07-18 (2)NYG@CINCorky Valentinetied 0-0t 51---1570.14361%Home Run
82821811954-09-06 (2)NYG@PHIRobin Robertsbehind 1-4t 72-2-29PH0.14723%Home Run; Mueller Scores
83831911954-09-09 (1)NYGCHCPaul Minnerbehind 4-6b 821--2570.40753%Home Run; Mays Scores
1955 HRs#car#yr#gmDate@Bat PitcherScoreInnOutRoBRBIBOPPosWPAbWENotesPlay Description
8484111955-05-11NYG@CINJoe Nuxhalltied 1-1t 611--2490.25476%Home Run; Dark Scores
1956 HRs#car#yr#gmDate@Bat PitcherScoreInnOutRoBRBIBOPPosWPAbWENotesPlay Description
8585111956-04-20CHCCINBill Kennedyahead 10-0b 821--2670.000100%Home Run; Moryn Scores
8686211956-04-22 (1)CHCCINJoe Blackahead 4-3b 62---1670.12083%Home Run
8787311956-04-28CHC@CINBrooks Lawrencebehind 0-4t 21---1670.06120%Home Run
8888411956-05-23CHC@PHIHarvey Haddixbehind 3-4t 80---1670.25750%Home Run
8989511956-05-27 (1)CHC@STLTom Poholskybehind 1-8t 401--2670.0367%Home Run; Moryn Scores
9090611956-06-12CHCNYGAl Worthingtonbehind 0-3b 421-33670.31151%Home Run (LF-CF); Fondy Scores; Moryn Scores
9191711956-06-15 (1)CHC@PHIJack Meyertied 4-4t 101---1670.38783%Home Run
9292811956-07-08CHC@MLNGene Conleyt 9467
9393911956-07-20CHCNYGWindy McCallbehind 0-1b 21---1570.11753%Home Run
94941021956-07-20CHCNYGJim Hearnahead 4-2b 52---1570.08088%Home Run
95951111956-07-31CHC@PHIStu Millerbehind 2-3t 511-33670.29875%Home Run; Fondy Scores; Moryn Scores
96961211956-08-06CHC@MLNRay Cronetied 0-0t 201--2670.17671%Home Run (LF-CF); Moryn Scores
97971311956-08-12 (1)CHCSTLDon Liddleahead 4-0b 51---1470.02996%Home Run
98981411956-09-09 (1)CHCMLNWarren Spahnahead 1-0b 20---1570.09576%Home Run (LF-CF)
99991511956-09-21CHC@MLNWarren Spahnbehind 0-6t 71---1570.0092%Home Run

About the SABR Home Run Encyclopedia

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