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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 Fielding

Adv Fielding w/ run summary
Year Tm Lg Age Pos G GS CG Inn Ch PO A E DP Fld% Rtot Rtot/yr RF/9 RF/G lgFld% lgRF9 lgRFG Awards
1949 NYG NL 30 OF 10 9 8 18 15 3 0 0 1.000 1.80 .977 2.48
1949 NYG NL 30 RF 10 9 8 18 15 3 0 0 1.000 1.80 .977 2.06
1949 NYG NL 30 1B 5 5 5 43 40 3 0 5 1.000 8.60 .991 9.62
1949 NYG NL 30 3B 5 5 3 13 1 11 1 1 .923 2.40 .952 3.18
1950 NYG NL 31 1B 59 58 33 464.0 518 459 48 11 62 .979 9.83 8.59 .990 9.71 9.61
1950 NYG NL 31 OF 49 43 37 391.1 112 109 2 1 0 .991 2.55 2.27 .978 2.34 2.31
1950 NYG NL 31 RF 30 26 21 225.0 55 54 0 1 0 .982 2.16 1.80 .976 1.86 1.84
1950 NYG NL 31 LF 20 17 16 166.1 51 50 1 0 0 1.000 2.76 2.55 .977 2.29 2.27
1950 NYG NL 31 3B 1 0 0 6.2 2 1 1 0 0 1.000 2.70 2.00 .950 3.38 3.30
1951 NYG NL 32 OF 112 112 107 1005.0 248 237 10 1 1 .996 2.21 2.21 .981 2.42 2.41 MVP-3
1951 NYG NL 32 LF 90 89 85 787.2 204 195 8 1 1 .995 2.32 2.26 .977 2.32 2.31 MVP-3
1951 NYG NL 32 1B 39 38 36 342.2 406 348 50 8 47 .980 10.45 10.21 .989 9.76 9.72 MVP-3
1951 NYG NL 32 RF 26 23 22 217.1 48 47 1 0 0 1.000 1.99 1.85 .981 2.03 2.03 MVP-3
1952 NYG NL 33 OF 32 31 17 238.1 47 44 3 0 1 1.000 1.77 1.47 .981 2.31 2.29 AS,MVP-31
1952 NYG NL 33 LF 30 30 17 232.1 47 44 3 0 1 1.000 1.82 1.57 .979 2.02 2.00 AS,MVP-31
1952 NYG NL 33 CF 1 0 0 2.0 1 1 0 0 0 1.000 4.50 1.00 .980 2.70 2.70 AS,MVP-31
1952 NYG NL 33 RF 1 1 0 4.0 0 0 0 0 0 0.00 0.00 2.02 2.00 AS,MVP-31
1953 NYG NL 34 OF 113 113 97 963.1 261 244 10 7 4 .973 7 9 2.37 2.25 .980 2.37 2.32 MVP-15
1953 NYG NL 34 LF 86 84 75 725.1 199 184 9 6 3 .970 8 14 2.39 2.24 .976 2.15 2.10 MVP-15
1953 NYG NL 34 RF 29 29 22 238.0 60 58 1 1 1 .983 -1 -6 2.23 2.03 .981 2.00 1.96 MVP-15
1954 NYG NL 35 OF 128 118 112 1069.1 288 274 7 7 0 .976 13 15 2.37 2.20 .975 2.36 2.34
1954 NYG NL 35 LF 127 117 112 1060.1 287 273 7 7 0 .976 13 15 2.38 2.20 .971 2.18 2.17
1954 NYG NL 35 RF 2 1 0 9.0 1 1 0 0 0 1.000 0 0 1.00 0.50 .970 2.00 1.95
1954 NYG NL 35 1B 1 0 0 1.1 2 2 0 0 0 1.000 0 270 13.50 2.00 .990 9.45 9.80
1954 NYG NL 35 3B 1 0 0 2.0 1 0 0 1 0 .000 -1 -480 0.00 0.00 .950 3.15 3.20
1955 NYG NL 36 OF 45 39 32 362.2 102 94 4 4 0 .961 4 14 2.43 2.18 .977 2.30 2.28
1955 NYG NL 36 LF 41 34 28 313.2 81 75 2 4 0 .951 2 8 2.21 1.88 .972 2.05 2.03
1955 NYG NL 36 RF 7 5 4 49.0 14 12 2 0 0 1.000 2 49 2.57 2.00 .975 1.98 1.96
1956 CHC NL 37 LF 96 88 84 775.0 225 216 7 2 0 .991 10 15 2.59 2.32 .973 2.06 2.04
1956 CHC NL 37 OF 96 88 84 775.0 224 216 6 2 0 .991 10 15 2.58 2.31 .977 2.28 2.25
8 Seasons OF 585 553 494 4805.0 1300 1233 45 22 6 .983 35 9 2.36 2.18 .978 2.35 2.33
7 Seasons LF 490 459 417 4060.2 1094 1037 37 20 5 .982 34 10 2.38 2.19 .974 2.16 2.14
7 Seasons RF 105 94 77 742.1 196 187 7 2 1 .990 1 1 2.13 1.85 .979 1.97 1.95
4 Seasons 1B 104 101 74 808.0 969 849 101 19 114 .980 0 0 10.10 9.13 .990 9.73 9.65
3 Seasons 3B 7 5 3 8.2 16 2 12 2 1 .875 -1 -111 2.08 2.00 .952 3.32 3.20
1 Season CF 1 0 0 2.0 1 1 0 0 0 1.000 4.50 1.00 .980 2.70 2.70
8 Seasons TOT 696 659 571 5621.2 2285 2084 158 43 121 .981 34 7 3.47 3.22 .983 3.41 3.43
Lg Pos G GS CG Inn Ch PO A E DP Fld% Rtot Rtot/yr RF/9 RF/G lgFld% lgRF9 lgRFG Awards
Note: Complete player games played data.
Fielding stats are a combination of official records and RetroSheet records. Both are likely to have substantial errors and will not match perfectly.
View Complete Notes on Fielding Data
Leagues historically made no effort to balance team, league, and player fielding stats. Since 1990 or so, computers have made this feasible, but prior to that there are hundreds or thousands of discrepancies each year in games played (even whether a player played a position), putouts, assists, double plays and errors.
  • Pre-1938 SB & CS data for catchers is estimated from catcher assists, games started and opposition stolen bases.
  • From 1938 on SB, CS, Pickoff, & WP data for catchers and pitchers is taken from play-by-play accounts in the retrosheet files. There are several hundred games without pbp from 1938 to 1973 and for those we may not have any data.
  • CG & GS come from the retrosheet data and should be complete and pretty accurate from 1914 on.
  • Innings played (like SB and CS) come from the retrosheet play-by-play data and should be considered mostly complete from 1938 to 1973 and complete from then on.
  • Stats (PO,A,G, etc) for LF-CF-RF positions (since 1914) is taken from play-by-play or box score data as available.
  • Stats (PO,A,G,etc) for C,P,1B,2B,3B,SS,OF positions is taken from the official reported totals and may have been corrected at various times since their publication.
  • For detailed information on which games retrosheet is missing play-by-play from 1938 to 1973, please see their most wanted games list
  • For detailed information on the availability of data on this site by year, see our data coverage page

Sabermetric Fielding

Year Tm Lg Age Pos Rtot Rtot/yr Rtz Rtzhm Rtzrd Rdp Rof Rctch Rdrs Rdrs/yr Rpm Rdp Rbnt Rof Rhr RerC RsbC RsbP
1949 NYG NL 30 RF
1949 NYG NL 30 1B
1949 NYG NL 30 3B
1950 NYG NL 31 1B
1950 NYG NL 31 RF
1950 NYG NL 31 LF
1950 NYG NL 31 3B
1951 NYG NL 32 LF
1951 NYG NL 32 1B
1951 NYG NL 32 RF
1952 NYG NL 33 LF
1952 NYG NL 33 CF
1952 NYG NL 33 RF
1953 NYG NL 34 LF 8 14 4 6 -2 4
1953 NYG NL 34 RF -1 -6 -1 0 -1 0
1954 NYG NL 35 LF 13 15 11 8 3 2
1954 NYG NL 35 RF 0 0 0 0 0 0
1954 NYG NL 35 1B 0 270 0 0 0 0
1954 NYG NL 35 3B -1 -480 -1 -1 0 0
1955 NYG NL 36 LF 2 8 1 2 -1 1
1955 NYG NL 36 RF 2 49 1 0 1 1
1956 CHC NL 37 LF 10 15 9 7 2 1
7 Seasons LF 34 10 26 23 2 8
7 Seasons RF 1 1 -0 0 0 1
4 Seasons 1B 0 0 0 0 0 0
3 Seasons 3B -1 -111 -1 -1 0 0
1 Season CF
8 Seasons TOT 34 7 25 23 3 0 9
Lg Pos Rtot Rtot/yr Rtz Rtzhm Rtzrd Rdp Rof Rctch Rdrs Rdrs/yr Rpm Rdp Rbnt Rof Rhr RerC RsbC RsbP

Appearances

Year Tm Lg Age G GS Batting Defense P C 1B 2B 3B SS LF CF RF OF DH PH PR
1949 NYG NL 30 36 19 36 20 0 0 5 0 5 0 0 0 10 10 0 17 0
1950 NYG NL 31 110 101 110 106 0 0 59 0 1 0 20 0 30 49 0 8 0
1951 NYG NL 32 151 150 151 150 0 0 39 0 0 0 90 0 26 112 0 1 0
1952 NYG NL 33 46 31 46 32 0 0 0 0 0 0 30 1 1 32 0 15 0
1953 NYG NL 34 124 113 124 113 0 0 0 0 0 0 86 0 29 113 0 11 0
1954 NYG NL 35 135 118 135 128 0 0 1 0 2 0 127 0 2 128 0 11 0
1955 NYG NL 36 51 39 51 45 0 0 0 0 0 0 41 0 7 45 0 7 0
1956 CHC NL 37 111 88 111 96 0 0 0 0 0 0 96 0 0 96 0 22 0
8 Seasons 764 659 764 690 0 0 104 0 8 0 490 1 105 585 0 92 0
Appearances table is calculated solely from full RetroSheet play-by-play data available from 1973 on. A combination of RetroSheet (starting with the 1914 season) and non-RetroSheet data is used for other seasons.

Advanced Fielding -- LF*

Errors Assists Single w/ Runner on 1st Single w/ Runner on 2nd Double w/ Runner on 1st Flyout, <2out, Runner on 3rd Flyout, <2out, Runner on 2nd Baserunning Totals
Year Tm Lg Age Tot Cch Fld Thr ROE Tot 1B 2B 3B Hm Opp Held Kill Opp Held Kill Opp Held Kill Opp Held Kill Opp Held Kill Opp Held Held% Adv Kill Kill% Aother PA RHB% BIP% FBIP% Fld F2O%
1950 NYG NL 31 0 0 0 0 0 1 0 0 0 1 5 4 0 5 3 0 4 0 1 1 1 0 4 4 0 19 12 63.2% 6 1 5.3% 0 537 68% 82% 33% 67 48%
1951 NYG NL 32 1 0 0 1 0 8 0 1 2 3 44 37 0 18 3 2 7 5 1 11 1 0 11 11 0 91 57 62.6% 31 3 3.3% 5 3174 63% 84% 32% 351 56%
1952 NYG NL 33 0 0 0 0 0 3 0 0 1 1 10 6 0 8 1 1 2 1 0 2 0 0 2 2 0 24 10 41.7% 13 1 4.2% 2 907 64% 77% 29% 85 54%
1953 NYG NL 34 6 0 4 2 2 9 0 2 2 4 33 26 2 21 4 3 11 8 0 8 3 1 19 16 1 92 57 62.0% 28 7 7.6% 2 3081 60% 79% 32% 326 57%
1954 NYG NL 35 6 0 5 1 1 5 0 3 0 1 58 51 0 24 5 1 9 5 0 7 2 0 28 26 0 126 89 70.6% 36 1 0.8% 4 4348 67% 80% 29% 479 56%
1955 NYG NL 36 4 0 3 1 1 2 0 0 0 2 14 11 0 7 0 2 6 5 0 2 2 0 4 4 0 33 22 66.7% 9 2 6.1% 0 1140 66% 79% 33% 118 50%
1956 CHC NL 37 2 0 2 0 1 7 0 5 0 1 30 23 1 15 3 0 11 5 0 9 1 0 14 14 0 79 46 58.2% 32 1 1.3% 6 2957 60% 78% 32% 313 63%
7 Seasons 19 0 14 5 5 35 0 11 5 13 194 158 3 98 19 9 50 29 2 40 10 1 82 77 1 464 293 63.1% 155 16 3.4% 19 16144 63% 80% 31% 1739 57%
MLB Averages 57.9% 2.7% 63% 81% 31% 50%

Advanced Fielding -- RF*

Errors Assists Single w/ Runner on 1st Single w/ Runner on 2nd Double w/ Runner on 1st Flyout, <2out, Runner on 3rd Flyout, <2out, Runner on 2nd Baserunning Totals
Year Tm Lg Age Tot Cch Fld Thr ROE Tot 1B 2B 3B Hm Opp Held Kill Opp Held Kill Opp Held Kill Opp Held Kill Opp Held Kill Opp Held Held% Adv Kill Kill% Aother PA RHB% BIP% FBIP% Fld F2O%
1949 NYG NL 30 0 0 0 0 0 2 0 1 0 1 3 1 0 1 0 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 4 1 25.0% 2 1 25.0% 1 241 71% 83% 32% 17 59%
1950 NYG NL 31 1 0 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 12 4 0 6 3 0 1 1 0 4 2 0 1 0 0 24 10 41.7% 14 0 0.0% 0 804 58% 82% 32% 72 63%
1951 NYG NL 32 0 0 0 0 0 1 0 0 1 0 8 4 1 8 1 0 0 0 0 1 1 0 3 2 0 20 8 40.0% 10 1 5.0% 0 718 62% 83% 33% 70 57%
1952 NYG NL 33 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 12 58% 83% 25% 0
1953 NYG NL 34 1 0 1 0 0 1 0 0 0 0 20 9 0 8 3 0 5 3 0 5 2 0 7 6 0 45 23 51.1% 22 0 0.0% 1 1017 53% 82% 32% 114 46%
1954 NYG NL 35 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 2 1 0 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 3 1 33.3% 2 0 0.0% 0 39 59% 64% 31% 5 20%
1955 NYG NL 36 0 0 0 0 0 2 0 0 0 1 3 1 0 1 0 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 1 1 0 5 2 40.0% 2 1 20.0% 1 206 56% 79% 25% 20 70%
7 Seasons 2 0 2 0 0 6 0 1 1 2 48 20 1 25 7 2 6 4 0 10 5 0 12 9 0 101 45 44.6% 52 3 3.0% 3 3037 58% 82% 32% 298 54%
MLB Averages 43.7% 3.4% 63% 81% 31% 55%

Advanced Fielding -- 1B*

Putouts Assists Errors Double Plays
Year Tm Lg Age PA RHB% BIP% GBIP% Fld F2O% FC Tot Cgt Frc Tag 3U Tot 1B 2B Hm Rly Tot Cch Fld Thr ROE Tot 363 361 36 GB GBs LD LDs LDf bFld bF2O%
1949 NYG NL 30 167 65% 83% 25% 14 100% 0 42 1 41 0 11 2 1 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 5 0 0 0 5 0 0 0 0 0
1950 NYG NL 31 1667 64% 84% 31% 93 91% 0 423 20 396 7 29 41 30 6 1 1 8 3 5 0 5 59 1 0 1 54 3 4 2 2 8 100%
1951 NYG NL 32 1332 62% 82% 28% 97 91% 0 310 18 288 4 29 45 34 6 3 0 8 0 6 2 7 39 1 1 1 36 4 3 1 1 7 71%
1954 NYG NL 35 5 40% 80% 40% 1 100% 0 2 0 2 0 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
4 Seasons 3171 63% 83% 29% 205 92% 0 777 39 727 11 70 88 65 13 4 1 16 3 11 2 12 103 2 1 2 95 7 7 3 3 15 87%
MLB Averages 63% 81% 26% 93% 85%

Advanced Fielding -- 3B*

Putouts Assists Errors Double Plays
Year Tm Lg Age PA RHB% BIP% GBIP% Fld F2O% FC Tot Cgt Frc Tag Tot 1B 2B Hm Rly Tot Cch Fld Thr ROE Tot 543 53 GB LD LDs LDf bFld bF2O%
1949 NYG NL 30 160 64% 87% 31% 13 92% 0 1 1 0 0 11 9 2 0 0 1 0 0 1 0 1 1 0 1 0 0 0 1 100%
1950 NYG NL 31 29 59% 86% 31% 3 100% 0 1 1 0 0 2 1 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
1954 NYG NL 35 8 63% 63% 13% 1 0% 0 1 0 0 1 0 0 0 0 1 1 0 1 0 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
3 Seasons 197 63% 86% 30% 17 88% 0 3 2 0 1 13 10 3 0 1 2 0 1 1 1 1 1 0 1 0 0 0 1 100%
MLB Averages 63% 81% 26% 89% 67%

Advanced Fielding -- CF*

Errors Assists Single w/ Runner on 1st Single w/ Runner on 2nd Double w/ Runner on 1st Flyout, <2out, Runner on 3rd Flyout, <2out, Runner on 2nd Baserunning Totals
Year Tm Lg Age Tot Cch Fld Thr ROE Tot 1B 2B 3B Hm Opp Held Kill Opp Held Kill Opp Held Kill Opp Held Kill Opp Held Kill Opp Held Held% Adv Kill Kill% Aother PA RHB% BIP% FBIP% Fld F2O%
1952 NYG NL 33 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 1 0 0.0% 1 0 0.0% 0 9 89% 44% 22% 3 33%
1 Season 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 1 0 0.0% 1 0 0.0% 0 9 89% 44% 22% 3 33%
MLB Averages 45.3% 2.8% 63% 81% 31% 60%



* - Disclaimer & Completeness Note

* Many Detailed Statistics are based on play-by-play accounts accumulated by RetroSheet. These totals may be incomplete (3.6% of all plays from 1938 to 1973 are missing or have incomplete accounts, click link for year and team summary of data completeness) for some players prior to 1974 and even complete seasons may not match the official totals due to errors in both the official totals and the play-by-play accounts. Pre-1954 seasons have a substantial numbers of games missing play-by-play accounts and should be viewed as essentially incomplete.

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)

Total Zone Runss c a p y
1954 NL  13 (4th)

Errors Committed as 1B s c a p y
1950 NL  11 (3rd)

Def. Games as LF (s.1954) s c a p y
1954 NL  127 (4th)
1956 NL  96 (5th)

Putouts as LF (s.1954) s c a p y
1951 NL  195 (5th)
1954 NL  273 (3rd)
1956 NL  216 (3rd)

Assists as LF (s.1954) s c a p y
1951 NL  8 (3rd)
1953 NL  9 (5th)
1954 NL  7 (2nd)
1956 NL  7 (3rd)

Errors Committed as LF (s.1954) s c a p y
1953 NL  6 (4th)
1954 NL  7 (4th)
1955 NL  4 (5th)

Double Plays Turned as LF (s.1954) s c a p y
1952 NL  1 (3rd)
1953 NL  3 (2nd)

Double Plays Turned as RF (s.1954) s c a p y
1953 NL  1 (5th)

Double Plays Turned as OF s c a p y
1953 NL  4 (3rd)

Total Zone Runs as LF (s.1954) s c a p y
1953 NL  8 (1st)
1954 NL  13 (1st)
1956 NL  10 (2nd)
Career  34 (29th)

Range Factor/9Inn as LF (s.1954)s c a p y
1951 NL  2.32 (4th)
1953 NL  2.39 (2nd)
1954 NL  2.38 (1st)
1956 NL  2.59 (1st)

Range Factor/Game as LF (s.1954) s c a p y
1951 NL  2.26 (3rd)
1953 NL  2.24 (2nd)
1954 NL  2.20 (2nd)
1956 NL  2.32 (1st)

Fielding % as LF (s.1954) s c a p y
1954 NL  .976 (1st)

Total Zone Runs as OF s c a p y
1953 NL  7 (5th)
1954 NL  13 (3rd)

Fielding % as OF s c a p y
1951 NL  .996 (2nd)

                           

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