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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)
Rookie Status: Exceeded rookie limits during 1950 season [*]
Teams (by GP): Giants/Cubs 1949-1956

Final Game: September 30, 1956 (Age 37.218)
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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Standard Batting

Year Age Tm Lg G PA AB R H 2B 3B HR RBI SB CS BB SO BA OBP SLG OPS OPS+ TB GDP HBP SH SF IBB Pos Awards
1949 30 NYG NL 36 93 76 7 17 3 2 0 7 0 17 11 .224 .366 .316 .681 84 24 2 0 0 O9/35
1950 31 NYG NL 110 432 374 61 112 19 5 15 66 3 52 41 .299 .392 .497 .889 131 186 7 5 1 3O97/5
1951 32 NYG NL 151 657 558 94 174 19 11 24 121 12 2 89 44 .312 .415 .514 .929 147 287 15 9 1 *O739 MVP-3
1952 ★ 33 NYG NL 46 135 126 10 39 2 1 4 21 0 1 10 11 .310 .365 .437 .801 120 55 3 1 0 O7/89 AS,MVP-31
1953 34 NYG NL 124 502 444 72 146 21 5 21 97 2 0 55 34 .329 .406 .541 .947 141 240 20 3 0 *O79 MVP-15
1954 35 NYG NL 135 512 432 62 113 13 3 19 64 7 4 70 23 .262 .363 .438 .801 108 189 18 2 3 5 *7/935
1955 36 NYG NL 51 173 150 16 38 7 1 1 17 3 0 17 15 .253 .337 .333 .671 79 50 5 3 1 2 0 7/9
1956 37 CHC NL 111 388 339 44 92 13 3 15 50 1 0 41 41 .271 .346 .460 .807 116 156 11 0 3 4 5 7
8 Yrs 764 2892 2499 366 731 97 31 99 443 28 7 351 220 .293 .383 .475 .858 125 1187 81 23 9 11 5
162 Game Avg. 162 613 530 78 155 21 7 21 94 6 74 47 .293 .383 .475 .858 125 252 17 5 2
NYG (7 yrs) 653 2504 2160 322 639 84 28 84 393 27 7 310 179 .296 .389 .477 .866 127 1031 70 23 6 7 0
CHC (1 yr) 111 388 339 44 92 13 3 15 50 1 0 41 41 .271 .346 .460 .807 116 156 11 0 3 4 5

Player Value--Batters

WAR Explained (v2.2): 8+ MVP, 5+ A-S, 2+ Starter, 0-2 Sub, < 0 Repl
Year Age Tm Lg G PA Rbat Rbaser Rdp Rfield Rpos RAA WAA Rrep RAR WAR waaWL% 162WL% oWAR dWAR oRAR Salary Pos Awards
1949 30 NYG NL 36 93 -1 0 -1 0 -1 -2 -0.2 4 1 0.1 .493 .499 0.1 -0.1 1 $5,000 O9/35
1950 31 NYG NL 110 432 18 1 0 6 -5 20 1.9 16 36 3.5 .518 .512 3.0 0.1 30 $6,000 3O97/5
1951 32 NYG NL 151 657 40 4 -1 7 -7 43 4.3 24 68 6.9 .530 .527 6.3 -0.0 61 $10,000 *O739 MVP-3
1952 ★ 33 NYG NL 46 135 3 -1 -0 0 -1 1 0.1 5 6 0.6 .503 .501 0.6 -0.2 6 $25,000 O7/89 AS,MVP-31
1953 34 NYG NL 124 502 29 -1 -3 7 -5 28 2.6 19 47 4.5 .522 .517 3.9 0.1 39 $25,000 *O79 MVP-15
1954 35 NYG NL 135 512 5 -0 -2 13 -6 10 1.0 19 30 2.9 .508 .507 1.6 0.7 17 $25,000 *7/935
1955 36 NYG NL 51 173 -4 1 -0 4 -2 -1 -0.2 7 5 0.4 .498 .499 0.1 0.1 1 $25,000 7/9
1956 37 CHC NL 111 388 7 -0 -2 10 -4 11 0.9 15 25 2.4 .511 .507 1.6 0.5 16 $16,500 7
8 Seasons 764 2892 97 5 -8 47 -31 110 10.4 109 218 21.4 .515 .512 17.4 1.2 171 $137,500
NYG (7 yrs) 653 2504 90 5 -6 37 -27 99 9.5 94 193 18.9 .515 .513 15.8 0.7 156 $121,000
CHC (1 yr) 111 388 7 -0 -2 10 -4 11 0.9 15 25 2.4 .511 .507 1.6 0.5 16 $16,500

Advanced Batting

Year Age Tm Lg PA Outs RC RC/G AIR BAbip BA lgBA OBP lgOBP SLG lgSLG OPS lgOPS OPS+ OWn% BtRuns BtWins TotA SecA ISO PwrSpd
1949 30 NYG NL 93 61 9 4.0 104 .262 .224 .270 .366 .344 .316 .405 .681 .749 84 .433 -1.0 -0.1 .672 .316 .092
1950 31 NYG NL 432 270 72 7.1 109 .305 .299 .271 .392 .348 .497 .420 .889 .768 131 .679 18.0 1.7 .914 .345 .198 5.0
1951 32 NYG NL 657 402 118 7.9 104 .306 .312 .269 .415 .343 .514 .407 .929 .750 147 .735 40.0 3.9 .985 .380 .203 16.0
1952 33 NYG NL 135 91 19 5.6 98 .315 .310 .263 .365 .336 .437 .391 .801 .727 120 .633 3.2 0.3 .714 .198 .127 .0
1953 34 NYG NL 502 318 97 8.1 113 .321 .329 .278 .406 .350 .541 .433 .947 .782 141 .719 28.0 2.6 .943 .340 .212 3.7
1954 35 NYG NL 512 349 69 5.3 110 .238 .262 .275 .363 .347 .438 .426 .801 .772 108 .546 5.8 0.6 .774 .345 .176 10.2
1955 36 NYG NL 173 120 18 4.0 106 .272 .253 .267 .337 .338 .333 .422 .671 .760 79 .430 -3.9 -0.4 .624 .213 .080 1.5
1956 37 CHC NL 388 265 53 5.3 102 .268 .271 .263 .346 .330 .460 .415 .807 .745 116 .581 8.0 0.8 .767 .313 .189 1.9
8 Yrs 2892 1876 455 6.5 107 .288 .293 .271 .383 .343 .475 .418 .858 .761 125 .649 98.1 9.5 .852 .331 .182 43.7
162 Game Avg. 613 398 96 6.5 107 .288 .293 .271 .383 .343 .475 .418 .858 .761 125 .649 21 2 .852 .331 .182 9
NYG (7 yrs) 2504 1611 402 6.7 108 .291 .296 .272 .389 .345 .477 .418 .866 .764 127 .658 90.1 8.7 .866 .334 .181 40.9
CHC (1 yr) 388 265 53 5.3 102 .268 .271 .263 .346 .330 .460 .415 .807 .745 116 .581 8.0 0.8 .767 .313 .189 1.9

Postseason Batting

Year Age Tm Lg Series Opp Rslt G PA AB R H 2B 3B HR RBI SB CS BB SO BA OBP SLG OPS TB GDP HBP SH SF IBB
1951 32 NYG NL WS NYY L 6 26 24 3 11 0 1 0 2 2 1 2 1 .458 .500 .542 1.042 13 0 0 0 0
1954 ❍ 35 NYG NL WS CLE W 4 10 9 1 2 1 0 0 2 0 0 0 3 .222 .222 .333 .556 3 1 0 1 0 0
2 Yrs (2 Series) 10 36 33 4 13 1 1 0 4 2 1 2 4 .394 .429 .485 .913 16 1 0 1 0 0
2 WS 10 36 33 4 13 1 1 0 4 2 1 2 4 .394 .429 .485 .913 16 1 0 1 0 0

All-Star Batting

Year Tm Lg Age GS PA AB R H 2B 3B HR RBI SB CS BB SO BA OBP SLG OPS TB GDP HBP SH SF IBB
1952 NYG NL 33 DNP

Ratio Batting*

Year Age Tm Lg PA HR% SO% BB% XBH% X/H% SO/W AB/SO AB/HR AB/RBI GB/FB GO/AO IP% LD% HR/FB IF/FB
1949 30 NYG NL 93 0.0% 11.8% 18.3% 5.4% 29% 0.65 6.9 10.9 2.23 70%
1950 31 NYG NL 432 3.5% 9.5% 12.0% 9.0% 35% 0.79 9.1 24.9 5.7 0.80 74%
1951 32 NYG NL 657 3.7% 6.7% 13.6% 8.2% 31% 0.49 12.7 23.3 4.6 1.05 75%
1952 33 NYG NL 135 3.0% 8.2% 7.4% 5.2% 18% 1.10 11.5 31.5 6.0 1.23 82%
1953 34 NYG NL 502 4.2% 6.8% 11.0% 9.4% 32% 0.62 13.1 21.1 4.6 1.01 77%
1954 35 NYG NL 512 3.7% 4.5% 13.7% 6.8% 31% 0.33 18.8 22.7 6.8 0.97 77%
1955 36 NYG NL 173 0.6% 8.7% 9.8% 5.2% 24% 0.88 10.0 150.0 8.8 0.64 79%
1956 37 CHC NL 388 3.9% 10.6% 10.6% 8.0% 34% 1.00 8.3 22.6 6.8 1.12 74%
8 Yrs 2892 3.4% 7.6% 12.1% 7.9% 31% 0.63 11.4 25.2 5.6 1.00 76%
MLB Averages 2.1% 10.6% 9.6% 6.5% 28% 1.10 8.3 42.5 8.1 0.97 76%

Win Probability*

Year Age Tm Lg BtRuns BtWins Plays WPA WPA+ WPA- aLI WPA/LI Clutch RE24 REW boLI RE24/boLI PHlev AB
1949 30 NYG NL -1.0 -0.1 81 0.4 1.6 -1.1 .93 0.1 0.4 0.3 0.0 0.96 0.8 1.02 9
1950 31 NYG NL 18.0 1.7 380 1.4 7.4 -6.0 1.00 1.8 -0.4 21.3 2.0 0.97 22.7 1.35 5
1951 32 NYG NL 40.0 3.9 631 7.1 17.0 -9.9 1.09 4.5 2.0 58.1 5.6 0.99 49.0 0.10 1
1952 33 NYG NL 3.2 0.3 122 0.6 2.5 -1.9 1.03 0.6 -0.0 6.3 0.6 0.94 5.9 1.20 13
1953 34 NYG NL 28.0 2.6 494 3.6 11.7 -8.0 1.02 3.1 0.5 35.7 3.3 0.97 35.2 1.09 7
1954 35 NYG NL 5.8 0.6 506 1.5 11.0 -9.5 1.10 1.5 -0.1 3.4 0.3 0.98 15.8 2.26 9
1955 36 NYG NL -3.9 -0.4 153 -0.1 2.8 -2.8 1.17 -0.2 0.2 -1.2 -0.1 0.97 -2.9 1.04 6
1956 37 CHC NL 8.0 0.8 343 -0.0 6.7 -6.7 1.15 0.8 -0.8 2.3 0.2 0.99 9.3 1.48 15
8 Yrs 98.1 9.5 2710 14.6 60.6 -46.0 1.07 12.0 1.6 126.3 12.1 0.98 135.9 1.36 65

Baserunning & Misc. Stats*

Year Age Tm Lg ROE XI RS% SBO SB CS SB% SB2 CS2 SB3 CS3 SBH CSH PO PCS OOB OOB1 OOB2 OOB3 OOBHm BT XBT% 1stS 1stS2 1stS3 1stD 1stD3 1stDH 2ndS 2ndS3 2ndSH
1949 30 NYG NL 1 0 21% 34 0 0 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 3 0 1 1 1 1 38% 6 5 1 1 0 1 1 0 1
1950 31 NYG NL 3 0 30% 148 3 3 0 1 0 0 0 1 0 4 0 0 1 3 5 47% 13 10 3 8 4 4 13 3 9
1951 32 NYG NL 8 0 28% 275 12 2 86% 6 2 1 0 5 0 0 0 5 0 1 2 2 11 52% 32 17 15 11 7 3 21 6 15
1952 33 NYG NL 2 0 13% 49 0 1 0% 0 0 0 0 0 0 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 1 0% 8 8 0 1 1 0 0 0 0
1953 34 NYG NL 8 0 28% 222 2 0 100% 2 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 6 0 1 2 3 6 40% 32 24 8 9 5 4 12 1 9
1954 35 NYG NL 5 0 26% 187 7 4 64% 7 2 0 0 0 1 3 0 6 0 2 3 1 12 60% 34 16 17 6 3 3 17 2 14
1955 36 NYG NL 1 0 26% 61 3 0 100% 3 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 1 0 0 1 0 4 40% 8 4 3 2 2 0 5 2 3
1956 37 CHC NL 3 0 25% 111 1 0 100% 0 0 1 0 0 0 0 0 1 0 1 0 0 4 35% 15 13 2 3 2 1 8 2 6
8 Yrs 31 0 27% 1087 28 7 88% 21 6 3 0 5 1 5 0 26 0 6 10 10 44 46% 148 97 49 41 24 16 77 16 57

Situational Batting*

Hits Pinch Hitting Home Runs SH GIDP PrdOut BaseRunners Advances
Year Age Tm Lg PA Ptn% H Inf Bnt AB H HR RBI PHlev All GS GSo vRH vLH Hm Rd IP Att Suc % DPopp DPs DP% Opp Suc % BR BRS BRS% <2,3B Scr % 0,2B Adv % PAu
1949 30 NYG NL 79 57% 17 9 0 0 0 1.02 0 0 3 0 0 0 0 0 0 17 2 12% 4 0 0% 56 6 11% 4 2 50% 3 0 0% 14
1950 31 NYG NL 372 49% 112 5 2 0 3 1.35 15 1 10 9 4 9 6 0 1 79 7 9% 36 8 22% 243 42 17% 34 15 44% 11 7 64% 60
1951 32 NYG NL 608 32% 174 1 1 0 0 0.10 24 1 11 17 5 8 16 0 1 138 15 11% 59 19 32% 420 93 22% 47 28 60% 25 16 64% 49
1952 33 NYG NL 121 37% 39 13 2 0 0 1.20 4 0 2 2 2 3 1 0 0 18 3 17% 7 3 43% 79 17 22% 9 6 67% 4 1 25% 14
1953 34 NYG NL 484 33% 146 7 2 0 0 1.09 21 1 13 16 5 7 14 1 0 107 20 19% 39 11 28% 348 78 22% 41 24 59% 18 14 78% 18
1954 35 NYG NL 490 36% 113 9 3 1 3 2.26 19 0 12 15 3 9 10 0 3 3 100% 100 18 18% 51 16 31% 342 45 13% 36 12 33% 12 7 58% 22
1955 36 NYG NL 149 44% 38 6 1 0 0 1.04 1 0 4 0 1 0 1 0 1 1 100% 29 5 17% 9 5 56% 106 14 13% 7 3 43% 3 2 67% 24
1956 37 CHC NL 339 35% 92 15 6 0 1 1.48 15 0 12 8 6 7 8 0 4 3 75% 75 11 15% 39 10 26% 240 31 13% 25 13 52% 10 2 20% 49
8 Yrs 2642 37% 731 65 17 1 7 1.36 99 3 67 67 26 43 56 1 8 9 113% 563 81 14% 244 72 30% 1834 326 18% 203 103 51% 86 49 57% 250
MLB Averages 50% 222% 11% 32% 14% 50% 55%

Cumulative Batting

Year Age G PA AB R H 2B 3B HR RBI SB CS BB SO BA OBP SLG OPS OPS+ TB GDP HBP SH SF IBB
1949 30 36 93 76 7 17 3 2 0 7 0 17 11 .224 .366 .316 .681 84 24 2 0 0
1950 31 146 525 450 68 129 22 7 15 73 3 69 52 .287 .387 .467 .854 123 210 9 5 1
1951 32 297 1182 1008 162 303 41 18 39 194 15 2 158 96 .301 .403 .493 .896 137 497 24 14 2
1952 33 343 1317 1134 172 342 43 19 43 215 15 3 168 107 .302 .399 .487 .885 135 552 27 15 2
1953 34 467 1819 1578 244 488 64 24 64 312 17 3 223 141 .309 .401 .502 .903 137 792 47 18 2
1954 35 602 2331 2010 306 601 77 27 83 376 24 7 293 164 .299 .393 .488 .881 130 981 65 20 5 5
1955 36 653 2504 2160 322 639 84 28 84 393 27 7 310 179 .296 .389 .477 .866 127 1031 70 23 6 7 0
1956 37 764 2892 2499 366 731 97 31 99 443 28 7 351 220 .293 .383 .475 .858 125 1187 81 23 9 11 5

Neutralized Batting

Change to: Default / 750 Runs / 1968 Dodgers / 2000 Rockies or

All seasons are converted to 162-game seasons &
average team scoring of 716 total runs (4.42 R/G)
How this works
Year Age G PA AB R H 2B 3B HR RBI SB BB SO BA OBP SLG OPS RC Gact
1949 30 37 97 79 7 18 3 2 0 7 0 18 11 .228 .371 .316 .688 9 36
1950 31 115 444 386 60 112 19 5 15 65 3 52 43 .290 .381 .482 .863 70 110
1951 32 157 678 577 95 178 19 11 25 123 12 91 46 .308 .411 .510 .920 118 151
1952 33 48 145 133 11 42 2 1 4 23 0 11 11 .316 .372 .436 .809 22 46
1953 34 129 507 451 67 142 20 5 20 91 2 53 35 .315 .391 .514 .905 90 124
1954 35 142 534 452 62 116 13 3 20 64 7 72 24 .257 .358 .431 .789 69 135
1955 36 54 180 157 16 39 7 1 1 17 3 17 16 .248 .330 .325 .654 17 51
1956 37 116 408 357 48 99 14 3 16 55 1 44 43 .277 .353 .468 .821 60 111
8 Yrs 798 2993 2592 366 746 97 31 101 445 28 358 229 .288 .378 .466 .844 455 764
162 Game Avg. 162 608 526 74 151 20 6 21 90 6 73 46 .288 .378 .466 .844 92 764



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Appearances on Leader Boards, Awards, and Honors

Stats are Year-Value-Rank · Glossary

Hall of Fame
1973 Negro League (inducted)
Selected to HOF in 1973
by Negro League Committee

MVP (yr lg (rk, shr))
1951 NL (3, 49%)
1952 NL (31, 1%)
1953 NL (15, 3%)
0.53 Career Shares (436th)

Wins Above Replacements c a p y
1951 NL  6.9 (6th)

WAR Position Playerss c a p y
1951 NL  6.9 (4th)

Offensive WARs c a p y
1951 NL  6.3 (5th)

Batting Average s c a p y
1951 NL  .312 (5th)
1953 NL  .329 (7th)

On-Base% s c a p y
1951 NL  .415 (4th)
1953 NL  .406 (4th)

Slugging % s c a p y
1951 NL  .514 (7th)
1953 NL  .541 (9th)

On-Base Plus Slugging s c a p y
1951 NL  .929 (6th)
1953 NL  .947 (7th)

Runs Scored s c a p y
1951 NL  94 (10th)

Hits s c a p y
1951 NL  174 (7th)

Total Bases s c a p y
1951 NL  287 (9th)

Triples s c a p y
1951 NL  11 (3rd)

Home Runs s c a p y
1951 NL  24 (10th)

Runs Batted In s c a p y
1951 NL  121 (1st)

Bases on Balls s c a p y
1951 NL  89 (7th)

Stolen Bases s c a p y
1951 NL  12 (8th)

Singles s c a p y
1951 NL  120 (10th)

Adjusted OPS+ s c a p y
1951 NL  147 (6th)
1953 NL  141 (7th)

Runs Created s c a p y
1951 NL  118 (4th)

Adj. Batting Runs s c a p y
1951 NL  40 (5th)

Adj. Batting Wins s c a p y
1951 NL  3.9 (5th)

Times On Base s c a p y
1951 NL  272 (5th)

Offensive Win % s c a p y
1951 NL  .735 (5th)
1953 NL  .719 (7th)

Hit By Pitch s c a p y
1950 NL  5 (7th)
1951 NL  9 (3rd)

Double Plays Grounded Into s c a p y
1953 NL  20 (2nd)
1954 NL  18 (6th)

Power-Speed # s c a p y
1951 NL  16.0 (5th)
1954 NL  10.2 (8th)

AB per SO s c a p y
1954 NL  18.8 (5th)

Base-Out Runs Added (RE24)s c a p y
1951 NL  58.11 (2nd)
1953 NL  35.69 (9th)

Win Probability Added (WPA)s c a p y
1951 NL  7.1 (1st)
1953 NL  3.6 (7th)

Situ. Wins Added (WPA/LI)s c a p y
1951 NL  4.5 (3rd)
1953 NL  3.1 (8th)

Base-Out Wins Added (REW)s c a p y
1951 NL  5.6 (2nd)
1953 NL  3.3 (9th)

                                         

Statistics like WPA, REW and RE24 are computed from play-by-play data which is only complete from 1974 to the present. From 1938-1973, the data is incomplete, though for most seasons only less than 20 games per season total are missing. Please see our page on data coverage for a full view of the data used to create these leaderboards.

Hall Of Fame Statistics

Player rank in (·)

Black InkBatting - 4 (430), Average HOFer ≈ 27
Gray InkBatting - 33 (748), Average HOFer ≈ 144
Hall of Fame MonitorBatting - 18 (894), Likely HOFer ≈ 100
Hall of Fame StandardsBatting - 18 (865), Average HOFer ≈ 50
JAWS Left Field (102nd), 21.4 career WAR/21.3 7yr-peak WAR/21.3 JAWS
Average HOF LF (out of 19) = 65.1 career WAR/41.5 7yr-peak WAR/53.3 JAWS

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Name and misspellings: Montford Mr. Merrill Monte Murder Irvin irvine

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