Mule Shirley
Mule Shirley yearbook photo1.jpg
First baseman
Born: (1901-05-24)May 24, 1901
Snow Hill, North Carolina
Died: August 3, 1955(1955-08-03) (aged 54)
Goldsboro, North Carolina
Batted: Left
Threw: Left
MLB debut
May 6, 1924, for the Washington Senators
Last MLB appearance
July 12, 1925, for the Washington Senators
MLB statistics
Batting average.210
Home runs0
Runs batted in18
Career highlights and awards
  • World Series champions: 1924

Ernest Raeford "Mule" Shirley (May 24, 1901 – August 4, 1955) was a Major League Baseball player who played first base during parts of the 1924 and 1925 seasons. He batted and threw left-handed. For the 1924 Washington Senators, he logged 100 regular season at bats. He appeared in three games of the 1924 World Series which the Senators won, registering one hit in two at bats, batting in one and scoring once. Shirley attended The University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill from 1921 to 1923 where he was a member of Theta Chi fraternity. He was the son of Octavius Shirley (March 4, 1884 – May 1, 1967) and Anna Shingleton (Shirley) (July 18, 1882 – September 30, 1944).