Maury Wills, former Los Angeles Dodgers shortstop, useless at age 89


Maury Wills, whose base stealing for the Los Angeles Dodgers helped them win three world titles, died Monday at his household house in Sedona, Arizona, in line with the staff. Wills was 89.

No reason for loss of life was given.

Wills was a part of the Dodgers’ World Collection-winning groups in his rookie season of 1959 and in 1963 and 1965.

He spent 14 years within the main leagues – 12 of these seasons with the Dodgers. He was the 1962 Nationwide League Most Helpful Participant when he led the league with a then-major league document 104 stolen bases, besting Ty Cobb’s 1915 season of 96 stolen bases.

The shortstop gained two Gold Gloves and was an All-Star seven occasions.

Dodgers supervisor Dave Roberts, who wears the quantity 30 in honor of Wills, in line with the Dodgers web site, mentioned, “I know he passed peacefully, and I am going to have a heavy heart. Maury was very impactful to me personally, professionally. He’s going to be missed. This one is tough for me.”

Dodgers staff president and CEO Stan Kasten additionally mentioned Wills’ affect, particularly concerning his prowess for stealing bases. Wills stays the Dodgers record-holder for many bases stolen with 490. All instructed, he stole 586 bases in his profession, the tenth most in MLB historical past.

“Maury Wills was one of the most exciting Dodgers of all time,” Kasten mentioned. “He changed baseball with his baserunning and made the stolen base an important part of the game. He was very instrumental in the success of the Dodgers with three world championships.”

Wills led the Nationwide League in steals in every season from 1960 to 1965, when he stole 94 bases.

Wills additionally performed for the Pittsburgh Pirates and the Montreal Expos and managed the Seattle Mariners for 2 seasons.

“Our game is lucky to have had someone like Maury Wills,” the Main League Baseball Gamers Alumni Affiliation tweeted.

Wills final yr was named to the Nationwide Baseball Corridor of Fame’s Golden Space Committee poll, however was not chosen.