Former Dodgers shortstop Maury Wills, known for his base-stealing wizardry, dies at 89

Maury Wills, the rapid Los Angeles Dodgers infielder who changed the art of base-stealing in the 1960s, has actually passed away at the age of 89, the group revealed Tuesday.

Wills broke Ty Cobb’s record, which had actually represented 47 years, when he swiped 104 bases on his method to winning National League MVP honors in 1962.

In all, Wills played 14 seasons in the big leagues, 12 of them with the Dodgers, winning 3 World Series titles, 2 Gold Gloves and making 7 All-Star looks.

But his baserunning abilities were his specialty. He led the NL in taken bases for 6 successive seasons from 1960-1965 and completed his profession with 586.

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“Maury Wills was one of the most exciting Dodgers of all-time,” Dodger President and CEO Stan Kasten stated in a press release. “He changed baseball with his base-running 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 holds the difference of being the very first MLB gamer to bat on synthetic grass, when he struck a leadoff single for the Dodgers versus the Houston Astros on April 18, 1966, in the very first video game used grass at the Houston Astrodome.

He likewise invested 2 seasons with the Pittsburgh Pirates and part of another with the Montreal Expos prior to going back to the Dodgers from 1969-1972 to liquidate his playing profession.

The Dodgers’ Maury Wills is safe at 3rd base as the Cardinals’ Ken Boyer takes the toss throughout a video game in 1965.

He ended up with a profession batting average of .281 with 2,134 hits in 1,942 video games.

Wills likewise functioned as supervisor of the Seattle Mariners for parts of the 1980 and 1981 seasons, putting together a record of 26-56.

Wills passed away Monday night in the house in Sedona, Arizona, the group stated after being notified by relative. No cause of death was offered. He is made it through by his partner Carla and 6 kids, consisting of previous big league infielder Bump Wills.

This short article initially appeared on U.S.A. TODAY: Maury Wills, previous Dodgers base-stealing king, passes away at 89

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