Happy Birthday Maury Wills!!!
Maury Wills turns 82 years old today.
Wills was a player that arrived in the game one generation too early. A speedy player with a knack for stealing bases and scoring runs, he was in a league of his own when it came to generating offense for the Los Angeles Dodgers.
He should certainly be credited for paving the way for the great runners that came after him. He made the role of the base runner more important to a team’s roster, and he was rewarded for his efforts in 1962 by winning the MVP Award.
In ’62, he stole 104 bases, a major league record at the time. Add to that his .299 batting average, 208 hits, and 130 runs scored and you have yourself a dynamic player. He also was an All-Star in 1962; and he won a Gold Glove for his defensive work at shortstop.
For his career, Maury Wills stole 586 bases. He completed his 14 years in the big leagues with a .281 average alongside 2,134 hits, 1,067 runs scored, 5 All-Star selections, 2 Gold Glove awards, and most important – 3 World Series championships!!!
Happy Birthday Mr. Wills!!!