Sunday, February 9, 2014

My Favorite 150 Items in My Collection-#143 John "Mule" Miles IP Autograph 8X10

Why I Like It: It's a moment as a young teenager I'll never forget. It was the late 90's and there was a card show in San Antonio and John "Mule" Miles was one of the signers at the show. He was signing for free and it's pretty surreal to meet someone who had played in era where the color of your skin determined what league you could actually play for. It's a shame that players like Mr. Miles, Josh Gibson, Ray Dandridge, Cool Papa Bell, Buck O'Neil and countless others never were afforded the opportunity to play in the Major Leagues where they belonged. Even at a young age, I understood the injustice of that era, and it's inspirational to meet a guy like John Miles. He was beyond courteous and nice and it was truly an honor to meet him and get his autograph. I proudly still display this autograph in my room.

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