The Los Angeles Dodgers have confirmed the passing of legendary Maury Wills, an American professional baseball player and manager, at 89.
We have Will’s family, friends, and teammates in our thoughts. A news announcement stated that he died Monday night at his home in Sedona, Arizona. However, no cause of death has been given.
On October 2, 1932, Maurice Morning Wills was born.
After finishing high school in 1950, Wills signed with the Brooklyn Dodgers. He played for them in the lesser leagues for eight years. Before the 1959 season, the Detroit Tigers paid $35,000 for his contract, but after spring training, they sent him back to the Dodgers because they didn’t think he was worth that amount.
Before playing for the Dodgers again from 1969 through 1972, he had played for Pittsburgh and Montreal when he retired.
In 1,942 games throughout his 14-year career, Wills hit.281 with 2,134 hits and 586 steals. On September 23, 1962, Wills stole 97 bases, breaking Ty Cobb’s previous mark for a single season. He was the first player to steal more than 100 bases in a season.
As a tactic, he was given credit for bringing the stolen base back to life. Even if he didn’t try to steal, his speed gave him a continuous threat on the basepaths and kept pitchers off balance. He closely observed pitchers and their pickoff techniques when he wasn’t on base. He was even more desperate to steal after a pitcher’s toss sent him to the bag again.
Wills was on first base once during a game against the New York Mets when pitcher Roger Craig delivered 12 straight pitches to the bag. Wills stole second on Craig’s subsequent throw.
Wills also received the MVP award for the All-Star Game held in his hometown of Washington, D.C., in 1962. At the time of death, Baseball player Maury Will’s net worth would be $15 million richer than the average person.