Mr. John "Mule" Miles
John “Mule” Miles is a native of San Antonio, born in the Alamo City
on August 11, 1922. He graduated from Wheatley High School and
attended St. Philip’s (Junior) College.
In 1942, Mr. Miles attended the Special Aircraft Mechanic
Journeyman Rating School at Tuskegee, and through 1945 assisted
the flying training program there as an aircraft mechanic.
Mr. Miles returned to San Antonio in 1945, playing for the Kelly Field
Brown Bombers, an Air Force baseball team, until being signed to
the Negro Baseball League’s Chicago American Giants. After hitting
two home runs in a game, Mr. Miles’ manager boasted, “You hit that
ball like a mule kicks”, and the name struck.
In 1948, Mr. Miles hit a league leading 27 home runs and led the
American Giants to the Negro American League title the following
year. He played with and against Jackie Robinson in a Negro
League game on October 22, 1948. Mr. Miles completed his
professional baseball career with the Laredo Apaches of the Gulf
Coast League in 1951. He then returned to his hometown and the
aviation maintenance field at Kelly Air Force Base until retiring in
Mr. Miles, inducted into the Texas Black Sports Hall of Fame in
2000, is still active in and around San Antonio.