Description1981 Monte Irvin Alabama Sports Hall of Fame Ring from The Monte Irvin Collection. You never forget where you're from. Monte Irvin was raised in Haleburg, Alabama - where he first learned baseball. This size 11.5 ring (celestrium white metal) was issued to Irvin for making the 1981 Alabama Sports Hall of Fame. A synthetic ruby is centered on front and "Alabama Sports Hall of Fame" encircles the stone. "Inducted 1981" is raised on one shank while the opposite side has "Champions of History Through Their Athletic Exploits They Achieved Lasting Fame For Alabama and Themselves." "Monte Irvin" is visible inside. Weight 21.20 grams. 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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