Willie James Wells (August 10, 1906 - January 22, 1989) was an American shortstop who played from 1924-48 for various teams in the Negro Leagues. Wells was born in Austin, Texas. A star in both baseball and football in high school, Wells first played professional baseball in 1923, playing one season for the Austin Black Senators of the Texas Negro League, a minor league for the Negro National League. He entered the NNL with the St. Louis Stars in 1924, playing for the Stars until the franchise dissolved after the 1931 season. In 1926 he hit 27 home runs, a Negro League single-season record. From 1932 to 1935 he played for the Chicago American Giants and played for the Newark Eagles from 1936 to 1939. While a player with the Eagles, Wells was part of the 'Million Dollar Infield,' consisting of Wells, Ray Dandridge, Dick Seay, and Mule Settles.
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