Description1952 Monte Irvin All-Star Presentation Watch with Photo Match from The Monte Irvin Collection.
Monte Irvin's career included plenty of what ifs. What if he had a full career in the big leagues? What if he hadn't broken his leg and been sapped of his speed? A Negro League star, Irvin finally joined the Major Leagues as a thirty year old rookie in 1949. Despite suffering a broken leg in '52, Irvin still made the All-Star team. For his efforts, Irvin was presented this watch from his lone All-Star appearance. An original 8x10 photo, which will attend, shows Irvin proudly wearing the watch. The self-winding Longines watch has the following engraved on back: "National League All Star Team Monte Irvin 1952." A few surface scratches appear on the face. Letter of provenance from Monte Irvin's daughter.
The Monte Irvin Collection
The story of Jackie Robinson is one of the most important in the annals of American sports history, but that tale is diminished in no way by the insistence that Robinson did not shoulder the weight of history alone. It was only fifteen months after Robinson's debut that the great Monte Irvin made his own, the fourth African-American to wear the uniform of a Major League team, and the first in the history of the Giants franchise.
Certainly the fight for acceptance, much less equality, was far from over when Irvin took his first brave steps into the maelstrom but, like Robinson, his steady resolve and extraordinary talents were essential tools in righting the sport's most grievous wrong. He remains one of the most significant athletes of any American sport active during the post-war era.
The lots that follow derive from Mr. Irvin's personal collection, covering a wide range of decades from his youth in the Negro Leagues through his 1973 Hall of Fame induction, and onward through the closing years of his long life as one of baseball's great ambassadors. Each lot will be accompanied by a letter of provenance from Irvin's daughter.
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