Willis Jones (birthdate unknown) was an African-American baseball outfielder and manager in the pre-Negro Leagues.
Easily confused on team rosters with team mates Abe Jones and Bert Jones, Willis Jones appears on team rosters for the Chicago Unions and Chicago Union Giants from 1895 to 1902.
After a few more years in Chicago, in 1907 Jones started playing for the St. Paul Colored Gophers and eventually moved to the nearby Minneapolis Keystones.
He played with several popular players of the day, including Home Run Johnson, Rube Foster, Mike Moore, Bill Gatewood, Dick Wallace, and George Hopkins.
- ^ a b c "Frank Lelands' Chicago Giants Base Ball Club" Fraternal Printing Company, 1910
- ^ "Unions Win Again" Duluth News-Tribune, Duluth, Minnesota, September 17, 1900, Page 6, Column 3
- ^ "The Algona Brownies, Most Famous Afro American Team" St. Paul Appeal, St. Paul, Minnesota, September 19, 1903, Page 3, Columns 2 and 3
- ^ "St. Paul Gophers Base Ball Club" The Appeal, St. Paul, Minnesota, August 31, 1907, Page 3, Columns 3 to 5
- Negro league and Cuban League statistics and player information from Seamheads.com