Niles perpetrated a classic baserunning error during a 1909 Red Sox game in Washington.
With lumbering Babe Danzig on first, Niles hit a shot to the outfield and began to
race around the bases. Danzig, thinking the ball would be caught, stayed put, while
the fleet Niles, head down, steamed past him. The ball was chased down and relayed
in, but Niles never slowed, sliding home in a cloud of dust under the tag. Sure that
he had hit an inside-the-park home run, he jogged nonchalantly to the bench, but
was called out for passing Danzig, who was standing forlornly on second base. Niles
was credited with a single.