SAN ANTONIO -

John “Mule” Miles who played for the Chicago American Giants in the old Negro League from 1946 to 1949 has passed away at the age of 90.

His family tells us that he had been under hospice care at his home in San Antonio and died this evening surrounded by members of his family.

Mr. Miles earned his nickname “Mule” when he hit two home runs in one ball game prompting then manager Candy Jim Taylor to give John his new nickname because, according to Taylor, he hit like a mule kicks. Mr. Miles would go onto hit 11 home runs in 11 straight games and played alongside such greats as Jackie Robinson, Hank Aaron, Ernie Banks and Satchel Paige.

Inducted into the San Antonio Sports Hall of Fame in 2003, Mr. Miles is also an original Tuskegee Airman Member of the San Antonio Chapter at

Randolph Air Force Base, Texas. Born on August 11, 1922, the Bexar County medical examiner’s office confirmed his passing on May 24, 2013.