Ceremony will honor club's first African-American player
By: By Rick Eymer and Cash Kruth / MLB.com
SAN FRANCISCO -- Monte Irvin, the first African-American to play for the Giants, will have his uniform No. 20 officially retired on June 26 when San Francisco hosts the Boston Red Sox.
Irvin played for the New York Giants between 1949 and 1955. The outfielder is best known for his heroics during the 1951 pennant run, when he batted .312 with 24 home runs and a league-leading 121 RBIs.
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When it became clear that baseball’s color line was going to be broken, Negro League owners were in agreement on one thing.
“They said I’d be the perfect person to do it,’’ Monte Irvin said. “I was easy to get along with. I had a little education. I could play every position. But I went to the Service for three years. When I came back in 1946, I got an ear infection, and it took me awhile to regain my former talent.’’
Irvin is 91 now, living in a Houston retirement community, clear of mind, lively of spirit. He still has the arms, hands and presence of a great athlete. He has no regrets about how it worked out.
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