The Dodgers introduced as we speak that three-time World Sequence champion Maury Wills has handed away. He was 89 years outdated.
Wills had an extremely spectacular profession, spanning 14 totally different large league seasons. He debuted as a shortstop with the Dodgers in 1959 on the age of 26. He performed in 83 video games that season after which six extra within the World Sequence, with the Dodgers hoisting the trophy after defeating the White Sox. In 1960, Wills’ acquired to play a full season for the primary time, stealing 50 bases. That was the primary of what would finally wind up as a six-year run as the highest base stealer within the Nationwide League, with at the least 35 in every year of that interval and a whopping 104 in 1962. That 104 mark was the trendy period single-season MLB report on the time, which stood till Lou Brock swiped 118 in 1974. It wasn’t simply the working recreation that was spectacular that yr. Wills additionally batted .299, hit 13 doubles, 10 triples, six lengthy balls, and scored 130 runs. He was voted the Nationwide League Most Worthwhile Participant that yr, simply forward of Willie Mays.
Wills was with the Dodgers by means of the 1966 season, profitable two extra titles in 1963 and 1965. He additionally grabbed Gold Glove awards in 1961 and 1962 and performed in seven All-Star video games over 5 seasons, as there have been two video games in every of 1961 and 1962. He then went on to play two seasons for the Pirates, earlier than being chosen within the growth draft for the newly-formed Montreal Expos. He was traded again to the Dodgers in June of 1969 and caught with them by means of the top of the 1972 season.
After his enjoying days have been over, Wills spent a while as a broadcaster earlier than making an attempt his hand as a supervisor. He was employed to handle the Mariners partway by means of the 1980 season, although his time as skipper was not very profitable and in the end temporary. The M’s went 20-38 over the rest of the 1980 marketing campaign after which began 6-18 in 1981. He was fired at that time and wasn’t given one other shot within the dugout, leaving him with a managerial report of 26-56.
Finally, Wills will certainly be remembered for his unimaginable base-stealing prowess. Throughout 1,942 profession video games, he stole 586 bases, a mark that places him 20th on the all-time record of base stealers. He additionally scored 1,067 runs and notched 2,134 hits, together with 177 doubles, 71 triples, and 20 house runs. He earned three World Sequence rings, seven All-Star appearances, two Gold Glove awards, and an MVP award.