Maury Wills

Baseball player and manager Maury Wills

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.
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A 92-Year Cubs Fan And A Lifetime Of Baseball Memories
Huffington Post - over 1 year
My dad was the quintessential Cubs fan. He had a 92-year love affair with his Cubs. Years ago, when he was 80, as the Cubs made the playoffs, he reminisced. Now with the Cubs in the World Series, or as we Chicago fans say "Hell frozen over," it feels appropriate to share his story. The year was 1927 and Calvin Coolidge was President. Charles Lindberg flies his first solo flight from New York to Paris. The Model A car debuted and the mechanical cotton picker was invented. That was also the year my father's love affair with the Chicago Cubs began. "I was four years old," said Sheldon Sternberg, 80, and former Wilmette resident. "I sat on my father's lap for my first Cub's game and Hack Wilson autographed a baseball for me." When asked if he kept the autographed ball, Sternberg said, "I probably used it." Hack Wilson held the National League home run record of 56 home runs, a record that would not be broken for 68 years. ...
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Vin Scully's Retirement Leaves Gaping Hole For Dodgers In SoCal
Huffington Post - over 1 year
By: Leigh Steinberg ORIGINAL POST on Forbes.com The most universally loved, trusted, and respected person in Southern California is not a political, religious, or entertainment figure. The most dominant, unifying individual in this vast geographical and population region is Broadcaster Vin Scully, who is retiring next weekend after 67 years with the Dodgers. He is by far the chief asset of the Dodgers organization. The most personal link that fans in greater Los Angeles have with the beloved Dodgers, is their esteemed broadcaster. To maintain market dominance, the Dodgers organization will have to work zealously. Vin Scully is irreplaceable--if his replacement is a typical play by play broadcaster, Dodgers popularity and revenue will suffer. When the Dodgers left Brooklyn to move to Los Angeles in 1958, it was Vin Scully's voice which introduced the new team to Southern California. As a boy, I listened to him day after day, often falling asleep with my transistor radio on the...
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The Dodgers and the Birth of the 1960s
Wall Street Journal - almost 2 years
When Maury Wills, the Dodgers’ black shortstop, began dating Doris Day, the team told him to back off. John Schulian reviews “The Last Innocents: The Collision of the Turbulent Sixties and the Los Angeles Dodgers” by Michael Leahy.
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Maury Wills has the law on his side in Hall of Fame bid
LATimes - about 2 years
Maury Wills walked into court, accompanying a young man charged with wire fraud. There was a good heart inside that young man, Wills was sure of it. Wills had gotten into plenty of trouble in his life, beating back the rugged demons of alcohol and drug addiction. He was a seventy-something man...
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A flood of memories of 'Stick in '62
San Francisco Chronicle - about 4 years
More accurately, the Giants broke it, by cheating, and I learned how to hate the team and the ballpark as a two-fer package deal. The brutal weather created an atmosphere in which Alvin Dark and Matty Schwab could cheat the Dodgers out of a pennant while the umpires were rendered powerless, their judgment numbed and nullified by the cold. Dodgers announcer Vin Scully gushed about the new ballpark, with its space-age "radiant heating" piped into every seat! (It never worked.) Players wore heavy-duty sweatshirts and turtlenecks, and the winds comically whipped their baggy flannel pants, making it clear that Candlestick was a different world, as uniquely San Francisco as a North Beach coffee house, daddy-o. The Dodgers featured baseball's most feared weapon, Maury Wills, on his way to stealing 104 bases and winning the NL MVP. The baseball gods took care of the Giants in the World Series, but the damage was done, to the Dodgers and my innocence. On my first trip to the Stick, in 19...
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Was Black Friday In Los Angeles Worth The Effort?
Huffington Post - about 4 years
Los Angeles on Friday was torn into two camps. One would bask in a Thanksgiving turkey glow. The other would head out into a cool drizzle to join the Black Friday shopping frenzy, as it was the shoppers who scored early holiday bargains. "Smokin' deal, 30 percent off -- definitely glad I'm here," said a beaming Brian Rodriguez, 33, of Northridge, co-owner of Apsir General Construction, pushing an arc welder bought from a Black Friday sale at Harbor Freight Tools in Woodland Hills, which typically caters to men. "Decent deal," said Lori Kaelker, 56, of Canoga Park, who runs Serenity Place cat rescue, gloating over a 60 percent discount on fleece blankets at Joann Fabrics & Crafts next door, which largely brings in women. "The cats will be happy." Across the region and the U.S., retailers hoping to cash in on the Christmas rush discounted goods for an event that has come to be known as Black Friday -- post-Thanksgiving sales that have crept backward well into Turkey Day Thursd...
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Devra Maza: A Midsummer Classic Scrapbook: MLB Great All-Star Game Moments
Huffington Post Sports - over 4 years
Scrapbooks are made for memorable moments. Within their treasured confines, they hold the highlights of lifetimes and preserve favorite pictures of milestone achievements. Baseball's All-Star Game is the perfect stage to fill those pages. The heroics of beloved stars, rising above their best-of-the-best peers, has garnished legacies and, in some cases, changedthe game itself. It began with the very first All-Star Game in 1933 when baseball's biggest icon, Babe Ruth, fittingly swatted the first All-Star home run. The overwhelming popularity of that exhibition turned the midseason meeting of mammoths into a permanent showcase. Eighty years later, fans still thrill to see which superstar will steal the show. "This is the company picnic of the baseball gods," says Mark Langill. "Their status magnifies the moments we remember." As the Los Angeles Dodgers' team historian, memory is Langill's stock in trade. "There are no typical plays in an All-Star Game," says Langill. "Every ...
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Baseball's best of the almost Famers
San Francisco Chronicle - about 5 years
Baseball's best of the almost Famers Eligibility dates to 1947, when the color line was broken, and excludes players who are active, currently on the ballot or recent retirees not yet eligible for the ballot. First base: Hit 351 homers with high on-base percentages. [...] base: Bert Campaneris, leadoff man on Oakland's three straight championship teams, over Maury Wills and Dave Concepcion. [...] base: Mickey Lolich had 25 wins, 308 Ks, 376 innings and a 2.92 ERA in 1971 and didn't win the Cy Young Award.
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Leigh Steinberg: NFL is the New National Pastime
Huffington Post Sports - over 5 years
When I was a child growing up in the 1950s, Major League Baseball was the national pastime. Baseball dominated television and radio sports coverage and was the number one emphasis of sports pages. When the Dodgers won the World Series in 1959, the games were played in the day and a television was wheeled into my elementary school classroom so we could watch every minute. It was possible to drive down our Los Angeles street on a Saturday afternoon and hear continuous radio coverage of Dodger games with Vin Scully's voice booming from every transistor radios in each front yard. When the Angels came two years later we were obsessed with Bo Belinsky, Dean Chance and Leon "Daddy Wags" Wagner. Most boys life centered around baseball. When we weren't playing it, we were collecting and trading baseball cards and inserting them into the spokes of our bikes to make prodigious amounts of noise. We grew up dreaming that we could pitch like Sandy Koufax, hit home runs like Willie Mays ...
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Area baseball beat: Soto plays in Arcata, but keeps parents close
The Sacramento Bee - over 5 years
When Will Soto steps into the batter's box for the Humboldt Crabs, his first thought isn't about what pitch might be coming. He's thinking about his mother, Mary. Will Soto, left, and Jared Deacon play summer baseball for the Humboldt Crabs and spent the spring playing together for Sacramento State. Both are former Elk Grove High School standouts.
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Dodgers Report Strong Ticket Sales for Bobblehead Giveaways
Venice Patch - almost 6 years
A crowd of more than 50,000, the largest since opening day, is expected Saturday night at Dodger Stadium when the Los Angeles Dodgers begin their 10-game Dodger Stadium Greats Bobblehead Series. Ticket packages covering all 10 games of the series, which is part of the team's celebration of the 50th anniversary of Dodger Stadium, "are literally flying off the shelves," the Dodgers' senior director of ticket sales, David Siegel, told City News Service. The first 50,000 fans entering Dodger Stadium for Saturday's game against the Washington Nationals will receive a bobblehead depicting Hall of Fame pitcher Don Drysdale and Maury Wills, the 1962 National League Most Valuable Player. The series also includes the first bobbleheads depicting the team's legendary announcer Vin Scully and Hall of Fame pitcher Sandy Koufax and the first "quad bobble" of the team's record-setting infield of the 1970s -- Steve Garvey, Davey Lopes, Bill Russell and Ron Cey, Siegel said. "This is probab...
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Philadelphia Phillies storyline: cursed limbs
isports web - almost 6 years
Jimmy Rollins of the Philadelphia Phillies has his hands full, keeping his team within striking distance for that 6th consecutive divisional flag.  Can they hover around .500 until the cavalry arrives in May and June?  Can they score 3 runs during a complete 9, when their stud only surrenders 2 to their opponent? TAL'S HANDY CAPS   CAP-SIZE HINDSIGHT:   Penthouse Occupancy for the 5-1 outcome:  2 The Crystal Champagne Toast is a salute to Doc Halladay. The Doctor Needed Some Assistance Last Night He toiled during his control-challenging first two frames, and the 7th was a mental mountain. However, the 2nd-inning play by Freddy Galvis gave the Doctor a chance to win. The Warehouse again highlighted the leather of Galvis in the 2nd, which limited the damage to 1 tally. The Glass House had some of its walls busted with the missed opportunity by Mike Stutes, who is walking toward the back door. He is the closest to Triple-A Lehigh Valley after Cliff Lee returns.  R...
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Dodgers Edge Pirates, 2-1, in Home Opener
Brentwood Patch - almost 6 years
Andre Ethier hit an eight-inning tie-breaking home run on his 30th birthday as the Los Angeles Dodgers began their season-long celebration of Dodger Stadium's 50th anniversary with a 2-1 victory over the Pittsburgh Pirates in their home opener today, exactly 50 years after their first game there. The Dodgers took a 1-0 lead in the first as leadoff hitter Dee Gordon singled, stole second, moved to third on Mark Ellis' ground out and scored on Matt Kemp's ground out. It was Kemp's ninth consecutive game with a run batted in, dating back to last season, setting a Los Angeles Dodger team record, breaking the mark he had shared with four other players, and tying the Dodger franchise record initially set by Augie Galan in 1944 and tied by Hall of Famer Roy Campanella in 1955. The RBI has been an official statistic since 1920. Pittsburgh tied the score in the seventh when Alex Presley led off with a single, advanced to second on Andrew McCutchen's single, moved to third on Casey ...
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Fifty years ago, Maury Wills made crime pay off for the Dodgers
LATimes - almost 6 years
In 1962, Wills, a 5-10 shortstop, stole 104 bases, breaking a 47-year-old baseball record, leading the Dodgers to within a hair's breadth of the World Series, even changing how the game was played. In the good old days, say 50 years ago, the Dodgers' heroes were actual players, not equity fund executives and magical former basketball stars.
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Baseball: Maury Wills to appear at Banning fundraiser
LATimes - almost 6 years
Wilmington Banning is holding a comedy show fundraiser Friday at 7:30 p.m. at Banning's Landing, and former Dodger great <a class="fplink fp-598144" href="/Maury+Wills+1">Maury Wills</a> is scheduled to be the special guest. Wills stole 104 bases in 1962 for the Dodgers. The event is for the Banning baseball program. -- Eric Sondheimer  
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Did Topps turn down a deal on Maury Wills because he was such a bad prospect?
LATimes - over 6 years
BASEBALL URBAN LEGEND: <a class="fplink fp-598144" href="/maury+wills">Maury Wills</a> was such a longshot to make it in the Major Leagues that Topps turned down the opportunity to sign him to a $5 baseball card contract. <a class="fplink fp-598144" href="/maury+wills">Maury Wills</a> is a true Los Angeles Dodgers legend. The Dodgers won their first championship in Los Angeles in Wills' first season and went on to win two more titles during his first tenure with the team (1959-1966), with Wills being the team captain from 1963-1966. Wills made the All Star Game in five separate seasons and received the very first All Star Game Most Valuable Player Award ever in 1962! That same season, Wills beat out Willie Mays to win the National League Most Valuable Player Award. In 1962, Wills also won his second Gold Glove at shortstop and set a new Modern Era (post-1900) Major League record for the most stolen bases in a single season with 104 (the first player ever to steal over 100 bases ...
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Despite Ejection, Dodgers' Kershaw Wins 19th - TheAtlantaBaseballShow (subscription)
Google News - over 6 years
The starting lineup that day consisted of Maury Wills, Jim Gilliam, Wally Moon, Duke Snider, Johnny Roseboro, Ron Fairly, Daryl Spencer, Willie Davis and Johnny Podres. The Dodgers lost that game, 6-3. Another highlight comes April 15, which marks the
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1963 Fleer Baseball - The Cardboard Connection
Google News - over 6 years
Eight players are Hall of Famers, but perhaps the most important addition to the set was Maury Wills, who wasn&#39;t included in the Topps set as a result of his being snubbed by them as a minor league player. He had been the National League&#39;s MVP in 1962
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Timeline
Learn about memorable moments in the evolution of Maury Wills
    LATE ADULTHOOD
  • 2014
    Age 81
    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.
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  • 2009
    Age 76
    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.
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  • FIFTIES
  • 1989
    Age 56
    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.
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  • FORTIES
  • 1980
    Age 47
    After leading Seattle to a 20-38 mark to end the 1980 season, new owner George Argyros fired Wills on May 6, 1981 with the M's deep in last place at 6-18.
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    Finally, in 1980, the Seattle Mariners fired Darrell Johnson and gave Wills the reins.
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  • THIRTIES
  • 1970
    Age 37
    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.
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  • 1969
    Age 36
    He was traded to Montreal and then back to the Dodgers in 1969, ending his career with the Dodgers club in 1972.
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  • 1967
    Age 34
    Despite his age, Wills batted .302 in 1967.
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  • 1966
    Age 33
    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.
  • 1965
    Age 32
    In 1965, Wills set out on a pace to break his own record.
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  • 1963
    Age 30
    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.
  • TWENTIES
  • 1961
    Age 28
    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).
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  • 1960
    Age 27
    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.
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  • 1959
    Age 26
    Wills began his major league career in 1959 and played in 83 games for the Los Angeles Dodgers.
  • TEENAGE
  • 1950
    Age 17
    On May 8, 1950, in a game against Phelps, Wills threw a one-hitter and struck out seventeen.
  • CHILDHOOD
  • 1932
    Born
    Born on October 2, 1932.
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