Wills, 1962 NL MVP, passes away at the age of 89.

Maury Wills, who won the 1962 NL MVP Award after a season in which he set a then-record of 104 SB, has passed away at the age of 89. He would have turned 90 on October 2.

Wills, a SS who sometimes played 3B, played for the Dodgers (1959-1966), Pirates (1967-1968), Expos (1969) and back with the Dodgers (1969-1972). He played for 3 WS Champs (1959, 1963 and 1965) and another NL pennant winner (1966). He was a 7x All-Star (in 5 years. There were 2 All-Star Games in 1961 and 1962) who won 2 Gold Glove Awards. He got MVP consideration 8x, and besides winning it in 1962, finished 9th in 1961, 3rd in 1965 (behind Willie Mays and Sandy Koufax) and 6th at the age of 38 in 1971.

In 1962, he hit .299-6-48 and set a then MLB record of 104 SB while leading the NL with 10 triples. In 1965, he hit .286-0-33, and led the majors with 94 SB. He led the NL is SB each season from 1960-1965.

His 162 game average was .281-2-38, 49 SB, OPS+ 88. He had 2134 hits in his career, and 586 SB despite his first MLB game not coming until he was 26 years old.

In 21 WS games, he hit .244-0-4 with 6 SB.

Later he briefly managed the Seattle Mariners. As the second of two managers in 1980, he went 20-38 as Seattle finished 7th and last in the AL West. He was fired after starting the 1981 season 6-18. Seattle finished that first half of the strike season sixth. Total 26-56 in 82 games as a manager.

His son, Bump Wills, spent six years in the majors as a 2B.





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