Maury Wills

Baseball Player and Manager
Born Oct 2, 1932

Maurice Morning Wills is a former Major League Baseball shortstop. The switch-hitter is best remembered for his years with the Los Angeles Dodgers, but he also played with the Pittsburgh Pirates and Montreal Expos (1969). He was an essential component of the Dodgers' championship teams in the mid-1960s, and is credited for reviving the stolen base as part of baseball strategy.… Read More

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    Wall Street Journal - May 20, 2016
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    LATimes - Jan 15, 2016
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    San Francisco Chronicle - Dec 21, 2013


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1932 Birth Born on October 2, 1932.


1950 17 Years Old On May 8, 1950, in a game against Phelps, Wills threw a one-hitter and struck out seventeen.


1959 26 Years Old Wills began his major league career in 1959 and played in 83 games for the Los Angeles Dodgers.
1960 27 Years Old In Will's first-full season in 1960, he hit .295 and led the league with 50 stolen bases, being the first National League player to steal 50 bases since Max Carey stole 51 in. … Read More
1961 28 Years Old While playing for the Dodgers, Wills was a Gold Glove Award winner in 1961 and 1962, and was named a NL All-Star five times (5 seasons); selected seven times for the All-Star Game (2 games were played in 1961 and 1962). … Read More


1963 30 Years Old In the wake of his record-breaking season, Wills' stolen base totals dropped precipitously. Though he continued to frighten pitchers once on base, he stole only 40 bases in 1963 and 53 bases in 1964.
1965 32 Years Old In 1965, Wills set out on a pace to break his own record. … Read More
1966 33 Years Old Following the 1966 season, in which he dropped to 38 stolen bases and was caught stealing 24 times, the Dodgers traded Wills to the Pittsburgh Pirates.
1967 34 Years Old Despite his age, Wills batted .302 in 1967. … Read More
1969 36 Years Old He was traded to Montreal and then back to the Dodgers in 1969, ending his career with the Dodgers club in 1972. … Read More
1970 37 Years Old He also managed in the Mexican Pacific League—a winter league—for four seasons, during which time he led the Naranjeros de Hermosillo to the 1970–71 season league championship. … Read More


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Finally, in 1980, the Seattle Mariners fired Darrell Johnson and gave Wills the reins. … Read More


1989 56 Years Old Wills was well known as an abuser of alcohol and cocaine until getting sober in 1989; in December 1983, Wills was arrested for cocaine possession after his former girlfriend, Judy Aldrich, had reported her car had been stolen. … Read More


2009 76 Years Old In 2009, Wills was honored by the city of Washington, D.C. and Cardozo Senior High School with the naming of the former Banneker Recreation Field in his honor. … Read More
2014 81 Years Old In 2014, Wills appeared for the first time as a candidate on the National Baseball Hall of Fame's Golden Era Committee election ballot for possible Hall of Fame consideration in 2015 which required 12 votes. Wills missed getting elected by 3 votes. All the other candidates on the ballot also missed being elected. The Committee meets and votes on ten selected candidates from the 1947 to 1972 era every three years. … Read More
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