Maury Wills Stats

Maury Wills was born on Sunday, October 2, 1932, in Washington, D.C.. Wills was 26 years old when he broke into the big leagues on June 6, 1959, with the Los Angeles Dodgers. His biographical data, year-by-year hitting stats, fielding stats, pitching stats (where applicable), career totals, uniform numbers, salary data and miscellaneous items-of-interest are presented by Baseball Almanac on this comprehensive Maury Wills baseball stats page.

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"He stole base No. 93 against the Milwaukee Braves in game No. 151—against some catcher named Joe Torre . Wills was almost unstoppable. In a game in Chicago against the Cubs, he took off for second base and, as the ball was flying over the mound, he heard the umpire's call. 'Safe,' said Jocko Conlan . The Cubs protested, saying that Conlan made the call well before the ball had even arrived at second base. To which Conlan replied, 'You ain't got him all year. Why would you think you'd get him this time?'" - Sportswriter Bill Dwyre in the Los Angeles Times (04/09/2012, 'Fifty years ago, Maury Wills made crime pay off for the Dodgers', Source )

Maury Wills

Maury Wills Autograph on a 1992 Action Packed Baseball Card (#47)

Maury Wills Autograph on a 1992 Action Packed Baseball Card (#47)

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Birth Name:
Maurice Morning Wills
Nickname:
Maury or Mousey
Born On:
10-02-1932  (Libra)
Place of Birth Data Born In:
Washington, D.C.
Year of Death Data Died On:
Still Living ( 500 Oldest Living )
Place of Death Data Died In:
Still Living
Cemetery:
n/a
High School:
Cardozo High School (Washington, DC)
College:
None Attended
Batting Stances Chart Bats:
Both
Throwing Arms Chart Throws:
Right
Player Height Chart Height:
5-11
Player Weight Chart Weight:
170
First Game:
06-06-1959 (Age 26)
Last Game:
10-04-1972
Draft:
Not Applicable

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Maury Wills Pitching Stats

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Maury Wills Hitting Stats

1959 27 Dodgers 83 242 27 63 5 2 0 0 7 13 5 27 3 0 0 3 .260 .298 .298
1960 28 Dodgers 148 516 75 152 15 2 0 0 27 35 8 47 3 2 3 11 .295 .342 .331
1961 29 Dodgers 148 613 105 173 12 10 1 0 31 59 2 50 13 1 1 6 .282 .346 .339
1962 30 Dodgers 165 695 130 208 13 10 6 0 48 51 1 57 7 4 2 7 .299 .347 .373
1963 31 Dodgers 134 527 83 159 19 3 0 0 34 44 0 48 5 3 1 3 .302 .355 .349
1964 32 Dodgers 158 630 81 173 15 5 2 0 34 41 0 73 11 3 0 6 .275 .318 .324
1965 33 Dodgers 158 650 92 186 14 7 0 0 33 40 2 64 14 2 4 6 .286 .330 .329
1966 34 Dodgers 143 594 60 162 14 2 1 0 39 34 0 60 13 0 2 6 .273 .314 .308
1967 35 Pirates 149 616 92 186 12 9 3 0 45 31 1 44 12 4 1 6 .302 .334 .365
1968 36 Pirates 153 627 76 174 12 6 0 0 31 45 1 57 11 1 1 10 .278 .326 .316
1969 37 Expos 47 189 23 42 3 0 0 0 8 20 0 21 1 1 0 3 .222 .295 .238
1969 37 Dodgers 104 434 57 129 7 8 4 1 39 39 2 40 4 1 1 4 .297 .356 .378
1970 38 Dodgers 132 522 77 141 19 3 0 0 34 50 2 34 5 1 0 10 .270 .333 .318
1971 39 Dodgers 149 601 73 169 14 3 3 0 44 40 2 44 7 6 0 8 .281 .323 .329
1972 40 Dodgers 71 132 16 17 3 1 0 0 4 10 0 18 10 0 0 3 .129 .190 .167
14 Years 1,942 7,588 1,067 2,134 177 71 20 1 458 552 26 684 119 29 16 92 .281 .330 .331

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Maury Wills Fielding Stats

1959 Dodgers SS 82 70 1,905 353 4.3 341 121 220 12 39 n/a n/a n/a .966 4.83
1960 Dodgers SS 145 141 3,657 731 5.0 691 260 431 40 78 n/a n/a n/a .945 5.10
1961 Dodgers SS 148 146 390 710 4.8 681 253 428 29 104 n/a n/a n/a .959 47.15
1962 Dodgers SS 165 164 456 824 5.0 788 295 493 36 86 n/a n/a n/a .956 46.66
1963 Dodgers 3B 33 27 744 90 2.7 85 26 59 5 7 n/a n/a n/a .944 3.08
1963 Dodgers SS 109 104 2,685 514 4.7 493 171 322 21 47 n/a n/a n/a .959 4.96
1964 Dodgers 3B 6 4 96 8 1.3 8 2 6 0 0 n/a n/a n/a 1.000 2.25
1964 Dodgers SS 149 147 3,933 722 4.8 695 273 422 27 77 n/a n/a n/a .963 4.77
1965 Dodgers SS 155 154 39 827 5.3 802 267 535 25 89 n/a n/a n/a .970 555.23
1966 Dodgers 3B 4 4 90 11 2.8 11 4 7 0 1 n/a n/a n/a 1.000 3.30
1966 Dodgers SS 139 137 3,663 703 5.1 680 227 453 23 79 n/a n/a n/a .967 5.01
1967 Pirates 3B 143 142 3,714 465 3.3 441 98 343 24 31 n/a n/a n/a .948 3.21
1967 Pirates SS 3 1 69 7 2.3 7 4 3 0 1 n/a n/a n/a 1.000 2.74
1968 Pirates 3B 141 140 3,738 398 2.8 381 105 276 17 27 n/a n/a n/a .957 2.75
1968 Pirates SS 9 9 264 43 4.8 42 10 32 1 5 n/a n/a n/a .977 4.30
1969 Expos 2B 1 0 6 0 0.0 0 0 0 0 0 n/a n/a n/a .000 0.00
1969 Expos SS 46 46 1,206 222 4.8 211 72 139 11 31 n/a n/a n/a .950 4.72
1969 Dodgers SS 104 103 2,751 542 5.2 525 168 357 17 61 n/a n/a n/a .969 5.15
1970 Dodgers 3B 5 0 15 1 0.2 1 0 1 0 0 n/a n/a n/a 1.000 1.80
1970 Dodgers SS 126 124 3,228 591 4.7 567 171 396 24 58 n/a n/a n/a .959 4.74
1971 Dodgers 3B 5 0 18 3 0.6 2 0 2 1 1 n/a n/a n/a .667 3.00
1971 Dodgers SS 144 139 3,654 720 5.0 704 220 484 16 86 n/a n/a n/a .978 5.20
1972 Dodgers 3B 27 3 204 15 0.6 15 1 14 0 2 n/a n/a n/a 1.000 1.99
1972 Dodgers SS 31 27 750 129 4.2 127 38 89 2 18 n/a n/a n/a .984 4.57
SS Totals 1,555 1,512 28,650 7,638 4.9 7,354 2,550 4,804 284 859 n/a n/a n/a .963 6.93
3B Totals 364 320 8,619 991 2.7 944 236 708 47 69 n/a n/a n/a .953 2.96
2B Totals 1 0 6 0 0.0 0 0 0 0 0 n/a n/a n/a .000 0.00
14 Years 1,920 1,832 37,275 8,629 4.5 8,298 2,786 5,512 331 928 n/a n/a n/a .962 6.01

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Maury Wills Miscellaneous Stats

1959 Dodgers 7 3 .700 0 6 n/a 0.0 9.0 34.6 - - -
1960 Dodgers 50 12 .806 0 4 n/a 0.0 11.0 19.1 - - -
1961 Dodgers 35 15 .700 1 0 n/a 613.0 12.3 19.8 - - -
1962 Dodgers 104 13 .889 0 0 n/a 115.8 12.2 14.5 - - -
1963 Dodgers 40 19 .678 0 0 n/a 0.0 11.0 15.5 - - -
1964 Dodgers 53 17 .757 4 1 n/a 315.0 8.6 18.5 - - -
1965 Dodgers 94 31 .752 2 2 n/a 0.0 10.2 19.7 - - -
1966 Dodgers 38 24 .613 2 0 n/a 594.0 9.9 15.2 - - -
1967 Pirates 29 10 .744 6 0 n/a 205.3 14.0 13.7 - - -
1968 Pirates 52 21 .712 3 1 n/a 0.0 11.0 20.2 - - -
1969 Expos 15 6 .714 1 0 n/a 0.0 9.0 23.6 - - -
1969 Dodgers 25 15 .625 1 0 n/a 108.5 10.9 11.1 - - -
1970 Dodgers 28 13 .683 5 0 n/a 0.0 15.4 15.4 - - -
1971 Dodgers 15 8 .652 6 0 n/a 200.3 13.7 13.7 - - -
1972 Dodgers 1 1 .500 11 9 n/a 0.0 7.3 33.0 - - -
14 Years 586 208 .738 42 23 n/a 379.4 11.1 16.6 - - -

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Maury Wills Miscellaneous Items of Interest

1959 Los Angeles Dodgers 30 $11,000.00 - Stats
1960 Los Angeles Dodgers 30 $12,000.00 - -
1961 Los Angeles Dodgers 30 $32,000.00 Stats -
1962 Los Angeles Dodgers 30 $35,000.00 Stats -
1963 Los Angeles Dodgers 30 $45,000.00 Stats Stats
1964 Los Angeles Dodgers 30 $50,000.00 - -
1965 Los Angeles Dodgers 30 $50,000.00 Stats Stats
1966 Los Angeles Dodgers 30 $85,000.00 Stats Stats
1967 Pittsburgh Pirates 30 $75,000.00 - -
1968 Pittsburgh Pirates 30 $80,000.00 - -
1969 Montreal Expos 30 $85,000.00 - -
1969 Los Angeles Dodgers 30 "     " - -
1970 Los Angeles Dodgers 30 $88,000.00 - -
1971 Los Angeles Dodgers 30 $92,000.00 - -
1972 Los Angeles Dodgers 30 $100,000.00 - -
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Did you know that Maury Willis led the National League in sacrifice hits in 1961 , triples in 1962 , at bats in 1961 & 1962 , singles in 1961 - 1962 , 1965 & 1967 and stolen bases for 6 consecutive years ( 1960 - 1965 )? The Los Angeles Dodgers franchise leader for stolen bases (490) also holds the Major League record for most games ever played in a single season with 165 in 1962.

Did you know Maury Wills recorded one of only twenty instances in baseball history where a player stole 100+ bases during the same season ? [ Top 500 ]?

Did you know Maury Wills won the All-Star Most Valuable Player Award in 1962 - the first year it was given to any player in Midsummer Classic history? Wills pinch ran for Stan Musial in the sixth inning, stole a base, then scored. In the eighth inning, Wills hit a single, used his speed to get to third after a hit by Jim Davenport , scored again, notching two of the National League's three game winning runs.

Did you know Maury Wills believed he could have stolen 140 bases in a single season? In Rob Neyer's Big Book of Baseball Legends: The Truth, the Lies, and Everything Else (Page 76), Wills said, "A good base stealer must be decisive and know all the pitchers and their moves. These are characteristics that can be learned. I studied the pitchers closely and knew their mannerisms thoroughly, so I could 'read' them easily. I never hesitated. I started out full speed. Writers erred in thinking that I had what they called a light slide. It may have looked as if I were skimming across the infield dirt. Bit it didn't feel like a light slide to me. My right leg was always bruised. In 1965 I was 40 games ahead of my record-setting base-stealing pace of three years earlier, but my leg started bleeding internally. I had to stop stealing bases in August, I've always though that I had not been stopped by a recurrence of the hemorrhaging, I could have stolen 140 or even 150 bases that year."

Did you know Maury Wills wrote in his autobiography, On the Run: The Never Dull and Often Shocking Life of Maury Wills , "We (him and movie star actress Doris Day, pictured below) had a mutual need for one another. We were in love - as I understood it at the time. I only had so much love for another human being because I was so much in love with baseball. As much love as I had, it was extended to her, but it was too much for me. I couldn't handle it. I was a ballplayer." In JET magazine (March 4, 1976, Page 45), Day said, "Since I had been going to most of the Dodger games, and of course, Marty (Melcher) knew many of the ballplayers, it was easy to stir all that together and come up with the conclusion that Maury Wills and I were having an affair. The only times I had seen Maury were at the games... I never once saw Maury when Marty wasn't present and we certainly never saw each other along anywhere."

Doris Day
Doris Day | Photo by Bert Six | January 1, 1948
Highly respected baseball historian Bill James is incredibly critical of Maury Wills as a person off the field, but still ranked Wills as the #19th greatest shortstop of all time in The New Bill James Historical Baseball Abstract (Free Press Publishers, 06/13/2003, 'Shortstops', Page 606).

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Maury Wills | PhotoFile Image | Photoshop by Baseball Almanac, Inc.
On May 30, 1962 , Maury Wills became the first Dodger in history to hit a home run from each side of the plate in the same game (and only the sixth in the history of the National League). In 1962, Wills became the first base runner from either the American or National League to steal more than 100 bases in a single season and, according to his own website ( link ) Wills was the first shortstop in Major League history to receive a $100,000 contract (1972).

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