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Monte Irvin is a retired baseball player who played for both the negro and the major leagues. In this interview, he talks about his early aspirations to play baseball, his playing for the Newark Eagles, his experiences in the negro leagues, the caliber of play in the negro leagues compared to the major leagues, and his frustration at not being able to play in the major leagues due to segregation. He talks about some of the arguments against integration, the effect of integration on the negro leagues, his signing with the Brooklyn Dodgers being blocked by the Newark Eagles, and Effa Manley, the owner of the Newark Eagles. He describes his first spring training camp with Jersey City in 1949, also discussing Ford Smith, his early experiences playing in the major leagues, his relationship with his teammates, playing for Leo Durocher, his first major league season, his relationship with other black major league players, and the fight with the Philadelphia Phillies. He discusses Andy Seminick, Sal Maglie and the Mexican League, as well as his own experiences as a player in the Mexican League. He also responds to theories about the physical superiority of different racial or ethnic groups.

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1977oh029_chan031

Interviewee Name

Monte Irvin

Interviewer Name

William J. Marshall

Interview Date

1977-05-12

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Irvin, Monte Interview by William J. Marshall. 12 May. 1977. Lexington, KY: Louie B. Nunn Center for Oral History, University of Kentucky Libraries.

Irvin, M. (1977, May 12). Interview by W. J. Marshall. A. B. "Happy" Chandler: Desegregation of Major League Baseball Oral History Project. Louie B. Nunn Center for Oral History, University of Kentucky Libraries, Lexington.

Irvin, Monte, interview by William J. Marshall. May 12, 1977, A. B. "Happy" Chandler: Desegregation of Major League Baseball Oral History Project, Louie B. Nunn Center for Oral History, University of Kentucky Libraries.





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