Willie Wells

Hall of Fame

Shortstop

1924—1948

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Player LeveL
Legend
All-time rank
NR
Shortstop RANK
#p

Player Detail

Willie James
GIVEN NAME
Wells
SURNAME
August 10, 1906, in Austin, TX
BORN
January 22, 1989, in Austin, TX, USA
DIED
1924—1948
Playing Career
Played from 19-43
PLAYING AGE
St. Louis Giants
St. Louis Stars
Detroit Wolves
Homestead Grays
Kansas City Monarchs
Chicago American Giants
Newark Eagles
Birmingham Black Barons
New York Black Yankees
Baltimore Elite Giants
Indianapolis Clowns
Memphis Red Sox
Teams Played For
Shortstop
PRIMARY POSITION
St. Louis Stars
PRIMARY TEAM
NONE
World Series titles
The Devil
NICKNAME
NA
UNIFORM NUMBER
#2 IN LINEUP
BATTING ORDER
5-9 / 170
HEIGHT / WEIGHT
Right / Right
BATTED / THREW
1924
Major League Debut
1948
FINAL GAME

WHO IS Willie Wells?

Willie Wells was considered the greatest shortstop of the glory years of the negro leagues. He hit for average, was a fast runner, and a dynamic defensive player. Later, as a coach he tutored a young Jackie Robinson on turning the double play.

60

HITTING

60

POWER

65

RUNNING

70

FIELDING

60

THROWING
20 = NOT MLB CALIBER
30 = WELL BELOW AVG
40 = Below Average
50 = MLB AVERAGE
60 = ABOVE AVG
70 = EXCELLENT
80 = RARE, ELITE
Willie Wells is credited with being the first professional baseball player to regularly use a batting helmet, which he started wearing after he received a concussion in the early 1930s.

Career Stats

GAMES HITS HR RBI AVG
UNK
UNK
UNK
UNK
.327

Teammate Team

CATCHER:
First Base:
Second Base:
Shortstop:
Third Base:
Left Field:
Center Field:
Right Field:
Pitcher:
pitcher:
manager:
COMING SOON

BEST SEASON

1927 St. Louis Stars

22 Years Old

.363
AVG
29
HR
108
RBI
90
RUNS
.450
OBP
131
HITS
21
2B
5
3B
.690
SLG
56
BB
9
SB
7.0
WAR

SLASH LINE

AVG OBP SLG
.327
.408
.518

FOR THE TRADITIONALISTS.

VERSUS HIS PEERS

OPS LG OPS COMP
.926
NA
UNK

PLAYER OPS COMPARED TO AVERAGE PLAYER AT HIS POSITION IN HIS LEAGUE AND ERA. OPS = ON-BASE + SLUGGING.

Hall of Fame Worthy?

JAWS JAWS BY HOFER
NR
55.4

PLAYER JAWS COMPARED TO HOF PLAYER AT HIS POSITION. JAWS = AVERAGE OF CAREER WAR & WAR7.

Willie Wells Per Season

PER 600 PLATE APPEARANCES COMPARED TO Contemporaries AT HIS POSITION

AB H R 2B 3B HR RBI BB SO SB TB TRB AVG OBP SLG OPS
Wells
UNK
UNK
UNK
UNK
UNK
UNK
UNK
UNK
UNK
UNK
.327
.408
.518
926
AVG SS
834

Willie Wells Rankings

AT Shortstop BY THESE SOURCES

BASEBALL EGG HALL OF STATS BASEBALL SCHOLAR JAWS BILL JAMES
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NR
NR
NR
NR
Updated THRU 2021
Updated THRU 2021
UPDATED THRU 2021
Updated THRU 2021
UPDATED THRU 2020

AT Shortstop BY VALUE

CAREER LONG PEAK PRIME SHORT PEAK
NR
NR
NR
NR
CAREER WAR
WAR7
WAR 5 CONSECUTIVE
WAR3

Willie Wells PLAYER VALUE

WAR COMPARED TO AVERAGE HALL OF FAMER AT HIS POSITION

CAREER WAR7 WAR5C WAR3 WAR PER SN
NA
NA
NA
NA
NA
67.7
43.1
30.3
21.6
4.89
BLUE = Willie Wells
GRAY = AVERAGE HALL OF FAME SS

WIN SHARES COMPARED TO AVERAGE HALL OF FAMER AT HIS POSITION

CAREER WIN SHARES 7 WIN SHARES 5C WIN SHARES 3 WS PER SN
UNK
UNK
UNK
UNK
UNK
327.4
189.4
134.4
92.3
24.2
BLUE = Willie Wells
GRAY = AVERAGE HALL OF FAME SS

— Explanation of Advanced Statistics —

Wins Above Replacement is a non-standardized sabermetric statistic developed to sum up a player’s total contributions to his team. A player’s WAR value is claimed to be the number of additional wins his team has achieved above the number of expected team wins if that player were substituted with a replacement-level player:

A player’s best seven seasons according to his Wins Above Replacement (WAR). Also called LONG PEAK.

A player’s best five consecutive seasons according to his Wins Above Replacement (WAR). Also called PLAYER PRIME.

A player’s best three seasons according to his Wins Above Replacement (WAR). Also called SHORT PEAK.

A player’s Wins Above Replacement (WAR) per season (calculated for 162 games).

Advanced statistical method devised by Bill James. A Win Share represents one-third of a team win, by definition, and takes into account defense, offense, baserunning, park effects, and level of competition, era, and many other factors.

A player’s best seven seasons according to his Win Shares. A measure of LONG PEAK.

A player’s best five consecutive seasons according to his Win Shares. A measure of a player’s PRIME.

A player’s best three seasons according to his Win Shares. A measure of a player’s SHORT PEAK.

A player’s Win Shares per season (calculated for 162 games).

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