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Maury Wills

Maury Wills

Position(s):
SS, 3B, 2B
Born:
October 2, 1932
Bats:
Left
Throws:
Right
Height:
5' 11"
Weight:
170 lbs
Major League Debut:
6-06-1959 with LAN
Allstar Selections:
1961 GG, 1962 AsMVP, 1962 GG, 1962 ML, 1962 MVP

Had he not been tucked away in the minor leagues for eight seasons, Maury Wills would probably be a Hall of Famer. Drafted by Brooklyn, Wills passed to the Reds and Tigers before making his way back to the Dodgers in 1958. At the age of 27, he was finally given an opportunity to play full-time in the major leagues, and he responded by hitting .295 and leading the National League with 50 stolen bases. It was the first of six straight stolen base titles for Wills, who almost single-handedly re-introduced the steal as an offensive weapon. Wills worked hard to become a good shortstop, and eventually earned two Gold Gloves. A switch-hitter, Wills batted at or near .290 in his years with the Dodgers, but had a career season in 1962. That year he hit .299, collected 208 hits, and stoled a major league record 104 bases. He was thrown out just 13 times and his baserunning exploits earned him the NL MVP Award. With the Dodgers, Wills played in four World Series, and batted .367 in the 1965 Fall Classic. He was dealt to the Pirates and Expos before returning to Los Angeles for four more years at the end of his career. He had collected more than 2,100 hits, 1,000 runs and stoled 586 bases despite his late start in the big leagues.



Career Highlights
    * 5-time All-Star (1961–63, 1965–66)
    * All-Star Game MVP (1962)
    * NL MVP (1962)
    * Twice Gold Glove (1961–62)
    * Twice led National League in At Bats (1961 and 1962)
    * Led National League in Triples (1962)
    * Led National League in Stolen Bases for 6 consecutive seasons (1960–65)
    * Led National League in Singles 4 times (1961–62, 1965 and 1967)
    * Led National League in Sacrifice Hits (1961)
    * Los Angeles Dodgers Career Stolen Base Leader (490)
    * Holds MLB record for most Games Played in a single season (165 in 1962)
    * Holds Los Angeles Dodgers Single-Season for At Bats (695 in 1962)
    * 7th MLB player to hit home runs from each side of the plate in a game (1962)
    * Won the Hickok Belt award (1962)
    * Stole 104 in 1962, still an MLB-record among switch-hitters

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