John "Mule" Miles

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John "Mule" Miles
Mule Miles 2010.jpg
Miles in 2010.
Outfielder / Third Baseman
Born: (1922-08-11)August 11, 1922
San Antonio, Texas
Died: 24 May 2013(2013-05-24) (aged 90)[1]
San Antonio, Texas
Batted: Right Threw: Right
Negro League Teams (partial list)

John "Mule" Miles (August 11, 1922 – May 24, 2013) played with the Chicago American Giants of the Negro League from 1946-1949.[2] Nicknamed the "Mule" by his manager Candy Jim Taylor after hitting two home runs in one ball game. Taylor commented that Miles "hit like a mule kicks". Miles is legendary for hitting 11 home runs in 11 straight games. John Miles played alongside baseball stars Jackie Robinson, Hank Aaron, Ernie Banks, Josh Gibson, Satchel Paige and Monte Irvin.[citation needed] He performed at Yankee Stadium, the Polo Grounds, Comiskey Park, and Griffith Stadium among others.

Miles was inducted into the Texas Black Sports Hall of Fame in Dallas, Texas on November 4, 2000. He was inducted into the San Antonio Sports Hall of Fame at the Alamodome on February 7, 2003. Mr. Miles is an original Tuskegee Airman Member of the San Antonio Chapter at Randolph Air Force Base, Texas.

On June 5, 2008, Miles and 29 other former living Negro League players were "drafted" by each of the 30 Major League Baseball teams in a recognition of the on-field achievements and historical relevance of 30 mostly forgotten Negro League stars. He was picked by the Seattle Mariners.[3]


  1. ^ Greg Simmons, Sports Director, "John 'Mule' Miles passes away | Sports - Home". Archived from the original on 2013-06-15. Retrieved 2013-05-26.CS1 maint: Multiple names: authors list (link)
  2. ^ Riley, James A. (2002), The Biographical Encyclopedia of the Negro Baseball Leagues, New York: Carroll & Graf, pp. 548–549, ISBN 0-7867-0959-6
  3. ^ Special Negro Leagues Draft | News

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