Maury Wills, who helped the Los Angeles Dodgers win three World Series titles with his base-stealing skills, died Monday at his family’s home in Sedona, Arizona. He was 89.
Wills was a winning team in the Dodgers’ World Series in 1959, 1963 and 1965. He then played for the Pittsburgh Pirates and the former Montreal Expos. He returned to the Dodgers for a second stint between 1969 and 1972, after which he retired.
“The Los Angeles Dodgers are saddened by the death of Dodger legend Maury Wills. Our thoughts are with Will’s family, teammates and friends.” – Los Angeles Dodgers
A true icon and legend in every sense, it’s a loss too difficult for many Dodgers fans to digest. The entire fan community has come forward to pay their tribute together.
Wills became famous for his outstanding stealing on the basepaths. In 1962, he stole an amazing 104 bases, beating Ty Cobb’s record of 96. Wills was named National League MVP that year. He led the league in stolen bases for six consecutive seasons.
Wills also has five All-Star drafts in his long list of honors, along with two Gold Gloves at shortstop. Though Wills retired five decades ago, he still holds the Dodgers’ franchise record with 490 stolen bases.
During his 14-year career, Wills batted .281 with 2,134 hits and 586 stolen bases in 1,942 games.
Dave Roberts is deeply saddened by the death of Maury Wills
Dodgers manager Dave Roberts, who considers Maury Wills a huge influence on his life, is devastated by the death of his hero. Roberts is wearing the #30 because of Wills. He was described as “very emotional” ahead of the Dodgers-Diamondbacks clash.
“Dave Roberts wears number 30 because of Maury Wills. He was very emotional during the game… ‘Maury was very impressive to me, personally and professionally. He will be missed,’ said Roberts. ‘He was a friend, a father, a mentor, all of the above to me. This is a tough nut to crack.’” – Eric Stephen
The Dodgers remain firm favorites to win the World Series this year. With the loss of the legendary Vin Scully last month and now Wills, the Dodgers have added motivation to win the Holy Grail. If successful, it would be a fitting tribute from the franchise to two of their favorite sons.
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