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Encyclopedia > Mule Suttles

George "Mule" Suttles (born March 2, 1901 in Brockton, Louisiana - died 1968 in Newark, New Jersey) was an American Negro League baseball player who played first base and outfield. He broke into the League when he was only 17. March 2 is the 61st day of the year in the Gregorian Calendar (62nd in leap years). ... 1901 (MCMI) was a common year starting on Tuesday (see link for calendar). ... 1968 (MCMLXVIII) was a leap year starting on Monday (the link is to a full 1968 calendar). ... Motto: Nickname: The Brick City Map of Newark in Essex County Founded 1666 Incorporated County Essex County Borough {{{borough}}} Parrish {{{parrish}}} Mayor Sharpe James Area  - Total  - Water 63 km² (24. ... Part of the History of baseball series. ... Picture of Fenway Park. ... The position of the first baseman First base, or 1B, is the first of four stations on a baseball diamond which must be touched in succession by a base runner in order to score a run for that players team. ...

Suttles was known for hitting for power and batting average, all in one package. In five years with the St. Louis Stars (1926-30), he led the league in home runs twice and in doubles, triples, and batting average once. Batting average is a statistic in both baseball and cricket measuring the performance of baseball hitters and cricket batsmen, respectively. ... The St. ... For other uses of the phrase see Home run (disambiguation) In baseball, a home run is a base hit in which the batter is able to circle all the bases, ending at home plate and scoring a run himself (along with a run for each runner who was already on... In baseball, a double is the act of a batter safely reaching second base by striking the ball and getting to second before being made out, without the benefit of a fielders misplay (see error) or another runner being put out on a fielders choice. ... In baseball, a triple is the act of a batter safely reaching third base by striking the ball and getting to third before being made out, without the benefit of a fielders misplay (see error) or another runner being put out on a fielders choice. ...

In the East-West All-Star Game, he usually faired extremely well. He batted .412 overall in five such games with a whopping .883 slugging percentage. He also hit the first ever home run in the history of the East-West game. Negro League Baseball All-Star Games were the brainchild of Gus Greenlee, owner of the Pittsburgh Crawfords. ... In baseball statistics, slugging percentage (SLG) is a measure of the power of a hitter. ...

In 26 documented exhibition games against white competition, Mule hit .374 with five home runs; almost one in every five games. Exhibition is a word with several meanings. ...

Suttles final seasons were spents playing first base for the Newark Eagle's "Million Dollar Infield" with Ray Dandridge, Willie Wells and Dick Seay. He was also a manager there as well. As a manager, he was highly respected. Clarence Israel, a player on Newark, was quoted as saying, "He was considered my dad. Suttles was the most gentle person I ever saw." Raymond Emmitt Dandridge (August 31, 1913 - February 12, 1994) was an American player in baseballs Negro leagues. ... Willie Wells (August 10, 1905 - January 22, 1989) was a professional baseball player who played from 1924-48 for various teams in the Negro Leagues. ... In baseball, the head coach of a team is called the manager; this individual controls matters of team strategy on the field and team leadership. ...

He is considered one of the greatest Negro League hitters to ever play and is being considered for the Baseball Hall of Fame. He has been compared to that of Jimmie Foxx. The National Baseball Hall of Fame and Museum, located at 25 Main Street in Cooperstown, New York, United States, is a semi-official museum operated by private interests that serves as the central point for the study of the history of baseball in North America, the display of baseball-related... Jimmie Foxx on the cover of Time in 1929 James Emory Foxx (October 22, 1907 – July 21, 1967) was an American first baseman in Major League Baseball who was, up until Mark McGwires glory days in the late 1990s, the most prolific right-handed power hitter to ever play...

Suttles died of cancer at age 67. Lenny Pearson, who played with and for Suttles recalled in John Holway's book Blackball Stars: "He told us, 'When I die, have a little thought for my memory, but don't mourn me too much.'"

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Mule Suttles - BR Bullpen (1795 words)
In 1924, Mule hit.318/~.369/.451 and was third in the Negro National League with 23 doubles, one behind co-leaders Dobie Moore and Newt Joseph.
Suttles was third in the NNL in average behind Pythian Russ and Huck Rile.
Suttles hit.273/~.389/.491 with nine doubles and five homers in 1940 (according to recent data) or.262 with eleven doubles (fifth) and 8 homers (tied for fourth) (according to Holway).
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