In Los Angeles Baseball was changed by Maury Wills’ audacity on the basepaths. He passed away on Monday night. He was 89 years old.
Dodgers manager Dave Roberts, who wears No. 30 in honour of Wills, said, “I know he departed quietly, and I am going to have a sad heart.” “Maury had a significant impact on me emotionally and professionally. He will be sorely missed. I am having a hard time with this one.
In 1962, Wills stole 104 bases, breaking Ty Cobb’s previous mark of 96 from 1915. That year, Wills won the National League’s Most Valuable Player award and was selected to play in his fifth straight All-Star Game. He earned two Gold Gloves at shortstop and still maintains the record for the most stolen bases in the league in six consecutive seasons 490 stolen bases, which sets a franchise record
When Maurice Morning Wills joined the Dodgers, Pee Wee Reese, a future Hall of Famer, still held sway over the shortstop position. Despite his sluggish start, Wills eventually ousted Don Zimmer as the starting shortstop after 8 1/2 Minor League seasons. He went on to play 14 Major League seasons, including 11+ with the Dodgers. He concluded his career with 586 stolen bases and a batting average of.281. He was a member of three World Series champion teams. He oversaw portions of two seasons in Seattle as well.
Wills stated to MLB.com in 2004 that playing in the major leagues was his childhood dream. “When I was 14, Jackie Robinson inspired me to desire to play for the Dodgers. I was in the Minors for 8 and a half years, and it seemed impossible. Although I didn’t get the chance to play with Jackie Robinson, I did for the Dodgers.
Maury Wills also worked for the group for a number of years as an instructor, however one objective was never accomplished. He was never elected to the Hall of Fame after receiving insufficient support from the Baseball Writers’ Association of America, the Veterans Committee, and the Golden Days Era ballot (peaking at 40.6 percent in 1981, with a required 75 percent).
“The goal of every player is to manage, and I was able to do that, stated Wills. “Making the Hall of Fame would be the last and ultimate goal. When I was playing, I gave that some attention and utilized it as motivation to keep working on being better.”
Maury Wills started a streak of six straight seasons in which he led the NL with 50 base steals in his first full season, 1960. Since Pittsburgh’s Max Carey (51) in 1923, he was the first NL player to steal 50 bases.
Wills played in his first All-Star Game and received his first Gold Glove Award in 1961. In 1962, he had his best season to date and narrowly defeated Willie Mays to earn the NL MVP Award. In addition to hitting.299 that year and leading all Major League teams with 104 steals,maury Wills won another Gold Glove Award.
When the Dodgers defeated the White Sox in the 1959 World Series, Wills participated in his first World Series game. Over the course of his stay in Los Angeles, he and the Dodgers went to three more World Series. The Dodgers defeated the Twins in seven games in 1965, the Yankees in three games in 1963, and the Orioles in three games in 1966.In the 1965 World Series, maury Wills performed admirably, batting.367 with three doubles, three RBIs, and three stolen bases.
He simply adored baseball, Roberts remarked. “He cherished his job and his interactions with the players. We were together for a long time. He really helped me understand the value of my profession and what it takes to play in the major leagues. I believe he is mostly to blame for my enthusiasm, passion, and love for athletes.”
After his final All-Star performance in 1966, Bob Bailey and Gene Michael were given to the Pirates in exchange for Wills. Prior to being taken 21st overall by the Expos in the 1968–1969 expansion draft, Wills played for Pittsburgh for two seasons. Midway through the 1969 season, Montreal sent him back to the Dodgers in exchange for Manny Mota,He was released after 3 1/2 more seasons, and he ended his career there.
In his 1991 autobiography, “On the Run,” Maury Wills credited Triple-A manager Bobby Bragan with urging him to steal and try switch-hitting, as well as his then-instructor Al Campanis for teaching him how to steal bases. The book detailed both Wills’ professional high points and his personal low points, such as his drinking and drug addiction.Maury Wills attributed an intervention that took place in 1988 and resulted in treatment and a road to recovery to former Dodgers executives Fred Claire and Don Newcombe.
Maury Wills Cause of death
According to reports no cause of death was given suddenly death, he given many things in basket ball game ,but he is very best player ,and he still alive in our hearts.