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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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Fine Details  · Last updated Sep 1, 2014 9:17PM
All-Time Rank (among batters): #504. Eddie Joost… #505. Mike Greenwell… #506. Tommy Harper… #507. MONTE IRVIN… #508. Bill Joyce… #509. Sid Gordon… #510. Marty McManus… 

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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

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 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

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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

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)

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)


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 (431), Average HOFer ≈ 27
Gray InkBatting - 33 (749), Average HOFer ≈ 144
Hall of Fame MonitorBatting - 18 (892), 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

Transactions

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Salaries

Salaries may not be complete (especially pre-1985) and may not include some earned bonuses
Year Age Team Salary ServTm(OpnDay) Sources Notes/Other Sources
1949 30 New York Giants $5,000 ? Michael Haupert research of HOF contracts
1950 31 New York Giants $6,000 ? Michael Haupert research of HOF contracts
1951 32 New York Giants $10,000 ? Michael Haupert research of HOF contracts
1952 33 New York Giants $25,000* ? Michael Haupert research of HOF contracts L. Katz, Baseball in 1939, at 158:25000.00,
1953 34 New York Giants $25,000* ? Michael Haupert research of HOF contracts L. Katz, Baseball in 1939, at 158:25000.00,
1954 35 New York Giants $25,000* ? Michael Haupert research of HOF contracts L. Katz, Baseball in 1939, at 158:25000.00,
1955 36 New York Giants $25,000* ? Michael Haupert research of HOF contracts 2/23/55 TSN:25000.00,
1956 37 Chicago Cubs $16,500 ? Michael Haupert research of HOF contracts
Career to date (may be incomplete)$137,500
Primary salary Data (about) courtesy Doug Pappas, and the Society for American Baseball Research.
Additional 1915-1969 salaries researched via Baseball Hall of Fame contract archives by Dr. Michael Haupert of UW-LaCrosse.
Salaries for mid-season call-ups or traded players may not be shown.
Salaries converted to alternate years using Consumer Price Index (CPI) data courtesy of the Minneapolis Federal Reserve Board.

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