Sunday, May 26, 2013

Share your memories of John 'Mule' Miles, Negro League star

John "Mule" Miles, a power hitting outfielder / third baseman for the Chicago American Giants of the Negro Leagues, passed away on Friday May 24, 2013 at the age of 90. Miles played three seasons in the Negro Leagues from 1946-48, and set a record of hitting home runs in 11 straight games.

John "Mule" Miles
In recent years, Miles was a very popular figure with baseball fans, exchanging letters filled with inspirational phrases like the one below to those that sought his signature. It is no surprise that he entitled his autobiography, "A Legacy to Leave Our Youth."

Pictured below is a note from Miles after writing to him in 2006.
"Winning is not by luck, it is how you play the game."
Share your memories of Mr. Miles below, or your favorite words of wisdom that you received in your correspondence with him.


  1. I received a signed baseball and letter from Mr. Miles last year. His response to my TTM request was so amazing. I later had my son write him a letter to work on his handwriting and Miles sent an amazing response to him as well. What a great guy who will be sorely missed. Here is the link to my blog entry:

  2. Wow, I'm sorry to hear Mule passed. He was a great player and great signer. He'll be missed!

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