Hall of Fame outfielder Irvin dead at 96

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WASHINGTON: Monte Irvin, a Hall of Fame outfielder and the fourth black player in Major League Baseball, died on Monday (Tuesday in Manila) night of natural causes at his home in Houston, Texas. He was 96. Irvin was a star for the Newark Eagles of Negro League Baseball in the 1930s and 1940s, serving in the US Army from 1943-1945, and sparked Newark over Kansas City in the 1946 Negro League finals. In 1951, Irvin sparked a stunning late-season comeback that saw the Giants overtake the Brooklyn Dodgers to win the National League title. He joined Thompson and Willie Mays in the first all-black outfield in the major leagues. Irvin became a World Series champion in 1954 as the Giants swept the best-of-seven final from Cleveland. He played his final season with the Chicago Cubs in 1956, finishing with a career .293 batting average, 99 home runs and 443 runs batted in. Irvin was inducted into the Baseball Hall of Fame in 1973 and had been the second-oldest Hall of Famer living after Bobby Doerr.

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