Maury Wills

Birthdate10/02/1932
Death Date
Debut Year1959
Year of Induction
Teams Dodgers, Expos, Pirates
Positions Shortstop, Third Base

A five-time All Star, Maury Wills counts 1962 as his best season — NL MVP, All Star MVP, Gold Glove. He was also a three-time World Series champ.

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Maury Wills got slowed by the San Francisco groundskeepers in his MVP season

Maury Wills got slowed by the San Francisco groundskeepers in his MVP season

In 1962, Maury Wills set the big league mark with 104 stolen bases. So remarkable was the total that now MLB team has as many steals as the Dodger shortstop that season. Max Carey of the 1920 Pittsburgh Pirates was the last National Leaguer to steal even half as many as Wills in ’62. Teams kne
Maury Wills receives congratulatory telegrams after hitting his first big league homer

Maury Wills receives congratulatory telegrams after hitting his first big league homer

Maury Wills was a veteran of 329 Major League games before he hit his first big league homer. The shortstop’s first big fly went over the fence at the Los Angeles Coliseum in the bottom of the 4th on August 6, 1961. In this autographed picture Wills holds up congratulatory telegrams he receive
Maury Wills 1970 signed endorsement questionnaire from MLBPA

Maury Wills 1970 signed endorsement questionnaire from MLBPA

The Major League Baseball Players Association sent out questionnaires like this one to its players to determine what endorsements each man had. Today’s players compliment their baseball salary with off field endorsement but that wasn’t always the case. This document filled out by Maury Wills on
Maury Wills set the MLB single-season stolen base record in 1962

Maury Wills set the MLB single-season stolen base record in 1962

In 1962, Maury Wills set the single-season record by swiping 104 bases en route to winning the Most Valuable Player Award. Twenty-five years later Topps chewing gum put out the baseball card shown above commemorating Wills’ memorable season. The Dodger shortstop has adorned the card with his s

A Story about Maury Wills

San Francisco grounds crew helped the Giants win the pennant in ’62

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They tried and tried again. No matter what National League clubs did, they just couldn’t slow down Maury Wills in 1962. Wills’ Dodgers were in their fifth year in Los Angeles and thirsty for another World Series appearance. Winners of the 1959 Fall Classic, the team finished a disappointing fourth in 1960. They climbed to second place in ’61 and seemed poised for a return to the post season in ’62. Wills did his part. The Dodger shortstop was historically great on the bases, swiping 104 bags. To put that into perspective, the last time a National Leaguer stole even half that many was in 1920. No big league team matched Wills’ total in ’62. The Dodger squad had one .300 hitter in batting champ Tommy Davis whose 153 runs batted in led the league. Davis got help from Frank Howard, the only other Dodger to tally 100 RBI. Together they counted on Wills to get aboard and make his way into scoring position. Dodgers and Giants vie for NL supremacy While Wills was on his way to the stolen base record, the Dodgers fought the Giants for the top spot in the NL. Behind Wills, Davis, and the pitching […]

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