Jake Wells

Jacobs Wells (August 9, 1863 in Memphis, Tennessee, USA – March 16, 1927 in Hendersonville, North Carolina, USA) was a right-handed Major League Baseball catcher who played for the Detroit Wolverines in 1888 and the St. Louis Browns in 1890.

He made his major league debut on August 10, 1888. He spent 16 games with the Wolverines that season, hitting .158 in 57 at-bats. He did not play in the big leagues in 1889, though he did in 1890 for the Browns. He appeared in 30 games for them that season, hitting .238 with 12 RBI and 17 runs in 105 at-bats. He appeared in his final game on August 19, 1890.

Overall, he spent 46 games in the majors, hitting .210 in 162 at-bats. He had 22 runs, 14 RBI and OPS of .511. In the field, he committed 24 errors in 44 games, for a .932 fielding percentage.

He also spent multiple seasons managing in the minor leagues, from either 1894 or 1895 to 1899.

Following his death, he was interred at St. Mary's Cemetery in Norfolk, Virginia.

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