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.
"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 Autograph on a 1992 Action Packed Baseball Card (#47)
Maury Wills Pitching Stats
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Maury Wills Miscellaneous Items of Interest
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|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||-||-|
|Maury Wills Stats by Baseball Almanac|
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 | 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).
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).