Friday, February 25, 2011

Monte Irvin led Almendares to Cuban League, Caribbean titles

Feb. 25: On this day in 1919, Hall of Famer Monte Irvin was born in Haleburg, Ala.

Elected to the National Baseball Hall of Fame in Cooperstown, N.Y. in 1973, Irvin was elected to the Cuban Baseball Hall of Fame in 1997.

The former Newark Eagles and New York Giants star outfielder played two seasons for Almendares.
In the 1948-49 season, Irvin (on the cover of this Fotos magazine) led the Cuban League with 10 home runs, while driving in 53 runs, as he helped lead Almendares to the pennant by eight games over Habana.

Irvin also was instrumental in Cuba’s Caribbean Series victory following the winter league. He batted .389 and led the Series with two homers and 11 RBI as Almendares, presenting Cuba, went 6-0 to win the inaugural Caribbean Series against Venezuela, Puerto Rico and Panama.

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