Today we celebrate another Negro League legend, power-hitter George “Mule” Suttles, who was elected to the Hall of Fame in 2006 after a 23-year career:
Suttles played between 1921-1941 and was known for both his prodigious
power and hitting for average, leading his league in home runs twice as
well as doubles, triples and average once each all between 1926-1930
while with the St. Louis Stars.
While playing for the Newark Black Eagles in the late-1930’s and
early-1940’s, he played along other Negro League legends Dick Seay,
Willie Wells and Ray Dandridge, part of what was knows as the “Million
According to available documentation, Suttles finished his NBL career
with a .329 batting average and 129 homers, second only to yet another
legend, Turkey Stearns who has credit for 176 in league play.
Baseball author Bill James ranked Suttles as the 43rd greatest
player of all-time in ANY league back in 2001, as well as the
second-best left-fielder in Negro League history.