Maury Wills, whose base stealing for the Los Angeles Dodgers helped them win three world titles, died Monday at his household dwelling in Sedona, Arizona, in keeping with the staff. Wills was 89.
No reason for demise 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 major leagues – 12 of these seasons with the Dodgers. He was the 1962 Nationwide League Most Useful Participant when he led the league with a then-major league file 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 keeping with the Dodgers web site, stated, “I do know he handed peacefully, and I’m going to have a heavy coronary heart. Maury was very impactful to me personally, professionally. He’s going to be missed. This one is hard for me.”
Dodgers staff president and CEO Stan Kasten additionally mentioned Wills’ impression, particularly relating to 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 vital thrilling Dodgers of all time,” Kasten stated. “He modified baseball together with his baserunning and made the stolen base an essential a part of the sport. He was very instrumental within 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 sport is fortunate to have had somebody 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.