Austin native and Hall of Fame shortstop, the late Willie Wells

Best Shout-Out to a Lost Austin Legend

The Willie Wells Story

He was the greatest shortstop to play the game since the advent of the Babe, but most people don't know Negro League legend Willie Wells from Snack Wells. Props to the Bob Bullock for honoring the late Austin native with The Willie Wells Story, which works as a larger-scale commentary on baseball's pre-1947 color line. The 20-minute one-act play is a meticulously researched first-person recap of Wells' life, enhanced by precious images of the roundball greats who were Jim Crowed out of their proper place in history.

Bullock Texas State History Museum
1800 Congress, 512/936-4629

Information is power. Support the free press, so we can support Austin.   Support the Chronicle