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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

View Pitches · WE and WPA Explanation
1950 HRs #car #yr #gm Date @Bat   Pitcher Score Inn Out RoB RBI BOP Pos WPA bWE Notes Play Description
1 1 1 1 1950-05-18 NYG CHC Dutch Leonard ahead 6-4 b 6 1 123 4 3 9 0.089 98% Home Run; Gilbert Scores; Stanky Scores; Lockman Scores
2 2 2 1 1950-05-20 (1) NYG CIN Ewell Blackwell tied 0-0 b 3 0 12- 3 3 9 0.183 84% Home Run; Stanky Scores; Lockman Scores
3 3 3 1 1950-06-24 NYG CIN Johnny Hetki ahead 7-0 b 6 1 --- 1 3 9 0.004 100% Home Run
4 4 4 1 1950-07-01 NYG BSN Warren Spahn behind 0-2 b 4 1 --- 1 3 9 0.115 40% Home Run
5 5 5 1 1950-07-09 NYG @ BSN Vern Bickford t 8 2 3 7
6 6 6 1 1950-08-06 (1) NYG PIT Bill Werle tied 0-0 b 1 2 --- 1 3 3 0.100 61% Home Run
7 7 7 1 1950-08-23 NYG @ CHC Johnny Klippstein behind 0-1 t 4 2 --- 1 5 3 0.125 45% Home Run
8 8 8 1 1950-08-27 (2) NYG @ CIN Howie Fox t 8 1 6 3
9 9 9 1 1950-09-01 NYG @ BRO Preacher Roe ahead 1-0 t 3 2 1-- 2 4 3 0.182 76% Home Run; Dark Scores
10 10 10 1 1950-09-04 (2) NYG @ PHI Steve Ridzik ahead 7-0 t 6 1 --- 1 5 3 0.007 99% Home Run
11 11 11 1 1950-09-05 NYG @ BRO Preacher Roe behind 0-1 t 4 0 --- 1 4 3 0.119 50% Home Run
12 12 12 1 1950-09-10 NYG BRO Don Newcombe ahead 1-0 b 1 2 -2- 2 5 3 0.150 78% Home Run; Mueller Scores
13 13 13 1 1950-09-14 (2) NYG PIT Bill Macdonald behind 0-1 b 2 1 --- 1 5 3 0.108 53% Home Run
14 14 14 1 1950-09-21 NYG CIN Howie Fox tied 0-0 b 2 1 --- 1 5 3 0.106 63% Home Run
15 15 15 1 1950-09-27 (1) NYG PHI Robin Roberts tied 0-0 b 2 0 --- 1 5 3 0.103 65% Home Run
1951 HRs #car #yr #gm Date @Bat   Pitcher Score Inn Out RoB RBI BOP Pos WPA bWE Notes Play Description
16 16 1 1 1951-04-19 (2) NYG @ BSN Bobby Hogue behind 6-9 t 8 1 123 4 4 3 0.545 74% Home Run; Stanky Scores; Lockman Scores; Thompson Scores
17 17 2 1 1951-05-04 NYG PIT Joe Muir ahead 4-1 b 7 0 --- 1 8 3 0.029 97% Home Run
18 18 3 1 1951-05-23 NYG @ CHC Paul Minner tied 0-0 t 4 0 1-- 2 5 7 0.188 73% Home Run; Westrum Scores
19 19 4 1 1951-05-30 (1) NYG BSN Max Surkont tied 3-3 b 5 0 --- 1 8 9 0.144 71% Home Run
20 20 5 1 1951-06-07 NYG CIN Ken Raffensberger behind 1-5 b 7 0 --- 1 5 9 0.055 12% Home Run (LF Line)
21 21 6 1 1951-06-12 NYG @ CIN Ken Raffensberger tied 3-3 t 10 1 12- 3 5 9 0.383 96% Home Run (LF-CF); Dark Scores; Westrum Scores
22 22 7 1 1951-06-17 (1) NYG @ PIT Howie Pollet t 8 3 5 9
23 23 8 1 1951-06-17 (2) NYG @ PIT Mel Queen t 6 2 7 7
24 24 9 1 1951-06-22 NYG @ CHC Johnny Klippstein behind 2-3 t 4 2 12- 3 8 7 0.332 70% Home Run; Lockman Scores; Westrum Scores
25 25 10 1 1951-06-24 NYG @ CHC Bob Rush behind 0-5 t 2 1 1-3 3 8 7 0.133 28% Home Run; Lockman Scores; Mays Scores
26 26 11 1 1951-06-28 NYG BRO Ralph Branca tied 1-1 b 4 2 --- 1 7 7 0.138 65% Home Run
27 27 12 2 1951-06-28 NYG BRO Ralph Branca behind 2-4 b 8 1 12- 3 7 7 0.603 85% Home Run; Lockman Scores; Westrum Scores
28 28 13 1 1951-07-25 NYG @ PIT Vern Law ahead 2-0 t 5 2 --- 1 4 7 0.094 82% Home Run
29 29 14 1 1951-08-09 NYG @ BRO Ralph Branca tied 0-0 t 1 2 1-- 2 4 7 0.184 66% Home Run (Line Drive); Mueller Scores
30 30 15 1 1951-08-12 (1) NYG PHI Jocko Thompson behind 0-2 b 3 1 12- 3 4 7 0.278 65% Home Run; Stanky Scores; Mueller Scores
31 31 16 1 1951-08-22 NYG CIN Ewell Blackwell tied 0-0 b 2 0 --- 1 4 7 0.106 66% Home Run
32 32 17 1 1951-08-27 (2) NYG CHC Bob Rush ahead 5-1 b 7 0 --- 1 4 7 0.015 99% Home Run
33 33 18 1 1951-09-05 (2) NYG @ BSN Jim Wilson ahead 4-0 t 4 2 1-3 3 4 7 0.082 97% Home Run; Dark Scores; Mueller Scores
34 34 19 1 1951-09-07 NYG @ BSN Phil Paine ahead 6-3 t 9 0 --- 1 4 7 0.017 99% Home Run
35 35 20 1 1951-09-09 NYG @ BRO Ralph Branca tied 0-0 t 4 0 1-- 2 4 7 0.188 73% Home Run; Mueller Scores
36 36 21 1 1951-09-13 (1) NYG @ STL Dick Bokelmann behind 2-6 t 8 1 1-- 2 4 7 0.061 10% Home Run; Mueller Scores
37 37 22 1 1951-09-18 NYG @ CIN Howie Fox ahead 4-1 t 4 2 -2- 2 4 7 0.105 91% Home Run; Mueller Scores
38 38 23 1 1951-09-26 NYG @ PHI Andy Hansen ahead 1-0 t 1 0 12- 3 4 7 0.155 84% Home Run; Dark Scores; Thomson Scores
39 39 24 1 1951-10-01 NYG @ BRO Ralph Branca ahead 2-1 t 8 0 --- 1 4 7 0.118 86% Home Run (Fly Ball)
1952 HRs #car #yr #gm Date @Bat   Pitcher Score Inn Out RoB RBI BOP Pos WPA bWE Notes Play Description
40 40 1 1 1952-08-27 NYG @ PIT Howie Pollet ahead 1-0 t 1 2 --- 1 4 7 0.098 67% Home Run (LF-CF)
41 41 2 1 1952-09-08 (1) NYG BRO Ken Lehman behind 0-5 b 1 2 --3 2 4 7 0.101 22% Home Run; Dark Scores
42 42 3 1 1952-09-09 NYG PIT Cal Hogue ahead 1-0 b 1 0 -23 3 4 7 0.105 87% Home Run (Deep LF); Dark Scores; Lockman Scores/unER
43 43 4 1 1952-09-12 (1) NYG CIN Bubba Church ahead 2-1 b 3 2 --- 1 4 7 0.108 75% Home Run
1953 HRs #car #yr #gm Date @Bat   Pitcher Score Inn Out RoB RBI BOP Pos WPA bWE Notes Play Description
44 44 1 1 1953-04-25 NYG @ BRO Russ Meyer behind 3-5 t 7 1 1-- 2 4 7 0.260 46% Home Run (Fly Ball); Thomson Scores
45 45 2 1 1953-04-26 NYG @ BRO Billy Loes behind 3-8 t 9 1 --- 1 4 7 0.004 1% Home Run (Fly Ball)
46 46 3 1 1953-05-04 (1) NYG CIN Ken Raffensberger tied 0-0 b 2 0 --- 1 4 7 0.099 65% Home Run
47 47 4 1 1953-05-09 (2) NYG PIT Johnny Hetki ahead 3-0 b 2 2 1-- 2 4 7 0.103 90% Home Run; Thomson Scores
48 48 5 1 1953-05-15 NYG @ CIN Howie Judson behind 0-2 t 6 0 --- 1 4 9 0.118 35% Home Run
49 49 6 1 1953-05-18 NYG @ STL Al Brazle tied 5-5 t 7 2 1-3 3 4 9 0.372 87% Home Run; Dark Scores; Hofman Scores
50 50 7 1 1953-05-19 NYG @ CHC Warren Hacker tied 0-0 t 2 0 --- 1 4 9 0.099 60% Home Run
51 51 8 1 1953-05-20 NYG @ CHC Bob Rush tied 1-1 t 3 2 1-- 2 4 9 0.202 67% Home Run; Williams Scores
52 52 9 1 1953-06-06 NYG CHC Johnny Klippstein tied 0-0 b 1 2 1-- 2 4 7 0.174 70% Home Run; Thompson Scores
53 53 10 1 1953-06-07 (1) NYG CHC Warren Hacker behind 4-7 b 7 0 --- 1 4 7 0.095 24% Home Run
54 54 11 1 1953-06-11 NYG MLN Jim Wilson tied 0-0 b 4 1 --- 1 4 7 0.124 66% Home Run
55 55 12 1 1953-06-28 NYG @ CHC Bubba Church ahead 3-0 t 3 1 --- 1 4 7 0.068 84% Home Run
56 56 13 1 1953-07-08 NYG @ PIT Johnny Hetki tied 5-5 t 11 1 123 4 4 7 0.270 98% Home Run; Williams Scores; Lockman Scores; Thompson Scores
57 57 14 1 1953-07-11 NYG @ BRO Russ Meyer tied 0-0 t 1 1 1-3 3 4 7 0.177 74% Home Run (Fly Ball); Dark Scores; Thompson Scores
58 58 15 1 1953-07-12 NYG @ BRO Carl Erskine ahead 1-0 t 6 0 --- 1 4 7 0.117 77% Home Run (Fly Ball)
59 59 16 1 1953-07-18 NYG CHC Turk Lown ahead 5-3 b 5 1 1-- 2 4 7 0.113 92% IPHR Inside-the-park Home Run to RF; Thompson Scores
60 60 17 1 1953-07-25 NYG CIN Fred Baczewski tied 0-0 b 2 0 --- 1 4 7 0.099 65% Home Run
61 61 18 1 1953-08-01 NYG @ CIN Ken Raffensberger tied 2-2 t 4 0 --- 1 4 7 0.119 62% Home Run
62 62 19 1 1953-08-04 NYG @ CHC Bob Rush behind 0-5 t 7 0 --- 1 4 7 0.029 6% Home Run
63 63 20 1 1953-08-06 NYG @ CHC Warren Hacker behind 4-6 t 8 0 12- 3 4 7 0.417 74% Home Run; Dark Scores/unER; Thompson Scores
64 64 21 1 1953-09-13 (1) NYG @ MLN Warren Spahn tied 0-0 t 2 0 --- 1 4 7 0.104 60% Home Run
1954 HRs #car #yr #gm Date @Bat   Pitcher Score Inn Out RoB RBI BOP Pos WPA bWE Notes Play Description
65 65 1 1 1954-04-18 NYG @ BRO Billy Loes ahead 5-2 t 6 0 --- 1 6 7 0.056 91% Home Run (LF-CF)
66 66 2 1 1954-04-19 NYG PIT Cal Hogue behind 0-7 b 4 0 --- 1 6 7 0.023 6% Home Run
67 67 3 1 1954-04-25 (2) NYG PHI Murry Dickson ahead 1-0 b 4 1 1-- 2 6 7 0.162 85% Home Run; Mueller Scores
68 68 4 1 1954-05-02 (1) NYG @ STL Al Brazle behind 5-6 t 6 1 --- 1 4 7 0.164 47% Home Run
69 69 5 1 1954-05-03 NYG @ STL Vic Raschi t 1 2 3 7
70 70 6 1 1954-05-13 NYG CHC Bubba Church tied 1-1 b 1 2 --- 1 4 7 0.102 61% Home Run
71 71 7 2 1954-05-13 NYG CHC Hal Jeffcoat ahead 5-3 b 7 2 --- 1 4 7 0.063 93% Home Run
72 72 8 1 1954-05-22 NYG @ PHI Paul Penson tied 0-0 t 1 2 1-- 2 4 7 0.183 66% Home Run; Thompson Scores
73 73 9 1 1954-05-28 NYG BRO Ben Wade ahead 13-6 b 8 1 --- 1 4 7 0.001 100% Home Run (LF-CF)
74 74 10 1 1954-06-06 (1) NYG @ CIN Frank Smith tied 2-2 t 8 2 --- 1 4 7 0.285 70% Home Run
75 75 11 1 1954-06-29 NYG BRO Don Newcombe tied 0-0 b 2 2 --- 1 7 7 0.110 62% Home Run
76 76 12 1 1954-07-06 NYG @ BRO Bob Milliken ahead 3-2 t 7 0 --- 1 6 7 0.123 81% Home Run
77 77 13 1 1954-07-07 NYG @ BRO Don Newcombe ahead 6-2 t 5 1 --- 1 6 7 0.044 93% Home Run
78 78 14 1 1954-07-08 NYG @ BRO Carl Erskine ahead 4-2 t 4 0 --- 1 6 7 0.084 81% Home Run
79 79 15 1 1954-07-09 NYG PIT Paul LaPalme behind 1-2 b 6 0 1-- 2 5 7 0.281 74% Home Run; Mays Scores
80 80 16 1 1954-07-11 (1) NYG PIT Vern Law ahead 1-0 b 2 0 --- 1 6 7 0.091 75% Home Run
81 81 17 1 1954-07-18 (2) NYG @ CIN Corky Valentine tied 0-0 t 5 1 --- 1 5 7 0.143 61% Home Run
82 82 18 1 1954-09-06 (2) NYG @ PHI Robin Roberts behind 1-4 t 7 2 -2- 2 9 PH 0.147 23% Home Run; Mueller Scores
83 83 19 1 1954-09-09 (1) NYG CHC Paul Minner behind 4-6 b 8 2 1-- 2 5 7 0.407 53% Home Run; Mays Scores
1955 HRs #car #yr #gm Date @Bat   Pitcher Score Inn Out RoB RBI BOP Pos WPA bWE Notes Play Description
84 84 1 1 1955-05-11 NYG @ CIN Joe Nuxhall tied 1-1 t 6 1 1-- 2 4 9 0.254 76% Home Run; Dark Scores
1956 HRs #car #yr #gm Date @Bat   Pitcher Score Inn Out RoB RBI BOP Pos WPA bWE Notes Play Description
85 85 1 1 1956-04-20 CHC CIN Bill Kennedy ahead 10-0 b 8 2 1-- 2 6 7 0.000 100% Home Run; Moryn Scores
86 86 2 1 1956-04-22 (1) CHC CIN Joe Black ahead 4-3 b 6 2 --- 1 6 7 0.120 83% Home Run
87 87 3 1 1956-04-28 CHC @ CIN Brooks Lawrence behind 0-4 t 2 1 --- 1 6 7 0.061 20% Home Run
88 88 4 1 1956-05-23 CHC @ PHI Harvey Haddix behind 3-4 t 8 0 --- 1 6 7 0.257 50% Home Run
89 89 5 1 1956-05-27 (1) CHC @ STL Tom Poholsky behind 1-8 t 4 0 1-- 2 6 7 0.036 7% Home Run; Moryn Scores
90 90 6 1 1956-06-12 CHC NYG Al Worthington behind 0-3 b 4 2 1-3 3 6 7 0.311 51% Home Run (LF-CF); Fondy Scores; Moryn Scores
91 91 7 1 1956-06-15 (1) CHC @ PHI Jack Meyer tied 4-4 t 10 1 --- 1 6 7 0.387 83% Home Run
92 92 8 1 1956-07-08 CHC @ MLN Gene Conley t 9 4 6 7
93 93 9 1 1956-07-20 CHC NYG Windy McCall behind 0-1 b 2 1 --- 1 5 7 0.117 53% Home Run
94 94 10 2 1956-07-20 CHC NYG Jim Hearn ahead 4-2 b 5 2 --- 1 5 7 0.080 88% Home Run
95 95 11 1 1956-07-31 CHC @ PHI Stu Miller behind 2-3 t 5 1 1-3 3 6 7 0.298 75% Home Run; Fondy Scores; Moryn Scores
96 96 12 1 1956-08-06 CHC @ MLN Ray Crone tied 0-0 t 2 0 1-- 2 6 7 0.176 71% Home Run (LF-CF); Moryn Scores
97 97 13 1 1956-08-12 (1) CHC STL Don Liddle ahead 4-0 b 5 1 --- 1 4 7 0.029 96% Home Run
98 98 14 1 1956-09-09 (1) CHC MLN Warren Spahn ahead 1-0 b 2 0 --- 1 5 7 0.095 76% Home Run (LF-CF)
99 99 15 1 1956-09-21 CHC @ MLN Warren Spahn behind 0-6 t 7 1 --- 1 5 7 0.009 2% Home Run

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