“My first sports hero as a child. RIP” “One of the all time greats”

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.

“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

@Dodgers RIP Legend!!!!! He was my grandfather’s favorite player, so glad I got this ball autographed years ago! Sad day!

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.

@Dodgers One of the greats. RIP Maury Wills.

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.

@Dodgers A bunt, a steel, a bloop, and a run. That was one hell of a strategy for Wills and the Dodgers in the ’60s!

@Dodgers 3x World Champion, 7x All-Star, 1962 NL MVP and cutest man ever… May he RIP 🕊💙

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.

@Dodgers I met Mr. Wills at a photo book signing in the 90’s. Told him my parents gave me my middle name after him. He giggled, put his arm on my shoulder and said “I hope you’re fast.” RIP💙

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 No. 30 because of Maury Wills. He was very emotional during the audition. “Maury has had a huge impact on me personally and professionally. He will be missed,” Roberts said. “He was a friend, a father, a mentor, all of that to me. This one is a tough one.”

“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.

For more news and updates, visit the Sportskeeda Baseball page.




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