Wells was the best Negro League shortstop during the 1930s and early 1940s. He had great range and sure hands, and he compensated for a weak arm with knowledgeable positioning and a quick, accurate release. Former teammate Monte Irvin said Wells "always came up with the big play. The opposition would say, `Don't hit it to shortstop because the Devil is playing out there.' " While playing in Mexico, Wells became affectionately known as El Diablo.
Early in his career, Wells made himself a good, a
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