Monte Irvin and Anthony J. Connor

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Monte Irvin, Hall of Fame outfielder for the New York Giants, takes a swing for photographers in the Polo Grounds in 1954.

Monte Irvin shares highlights from playing in the Negro leagues and for the New York Giants, as recounted in Baseball For the Love of It: Hall-of-Famers Tell it Like it Was, edited by Anthony J. Connor, who also appears. Joining them are Pamela Irvin (Monte’s daughter) and sports fan Jared Kent Miller. Host: Walter James Miller.

Subjects discussed:
1. Origin of the book and the interview process.
2. Impact of black and Latin players on the major leagues.
3. Josh Gibson, a legendary Negro leagues hitter.
4. The playing style of the Negro leagues and the impact of playing without a home stadium.
4. Spitball pitching in the Negro leagues.
5. Playing at Bushwick ballpark (Dexter Park), home of the Brooklyn Bushwicks.
6. A player's life after leaving baseball.
7. Feedback from other players about the book.
8. Significance of baseball as a family pastime for black Americans.
9. How the public still recognizes a Hall of Fame player.

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