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Willie Wells: "El Diablo" of the Negro Leagues

Winner of the 2008 Robert Peterson Recognition Award.


Monte Irvin states in his foreword that Willie Wells, arguably the best shortstop of his generation, "could do it all. He was one of the slickest fielding shortstops to ever come along. He had speed on the bases. He was among the most durable players I've ever known." Drawing on primary sources, including printed conversations between himself and rookie pitcher Don Newcombe and Newark Eagles' general manager Effa Manley, among others, this book follows the Hall of Famer's career from the 1920's to the 1950's with teams in America, Cuba, Puerto Rico, Mexico, and Canada.