RIP Monte Irvin (1919 – 2016)

If you’ve spent any amount of time with the hobby of sports simulation games, you’ve probably developed affection for players from the past that you otherwise never would have had any connection to. Maybe for you it’s a second-tier pitcher who threw your first tabletop no-hitter. Maybe it’s a guy you drafted in a late round who had an unexpectedly huge season in a replay league.

I keep a list of guys like this that I refer to as my personal Hall of Fame. The first member of this esteemed list was Wally Moon, as a result of this game. There are about a dozen other players in my Hall. One of my favorites is and always will be Major League Hall of Famer Monte Irvin.

Irvin passed away today at the age of 96.

From the wayback machine: Here is a post discussing (and improving upon) Monte Irvin’s Hall of Fame card from the Strat-O-Matic Hall of Fame 2010 set.

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