Jake Wells had the looks of a matinee idol, an athlete's physique and was a star on the …baseball field? Before Wells became a theatre mogul, he was a catcher and first baseman and the popular manager of the Richmond Colts.
During the fall of 1898, Wells entered Spence's Trunk Store in downtown Richmond to purchase a leather strap to bundle baseball bats. He inquired about the store's odd architecture. The store was the former Barton...[more]