Famed baseball base-stealer and shortstop for the Los Angeles Dodgers, Maury Wills, died Monday evening at his house in Sedona, Arizona at 89.
Wills performed three World Collection championships with the Dodgers, together with on a World Collection title group in 1959, 1963 and 1965.
Wills additionally performed baseball for Pittsburg’s group and for Montreal earlier than returning to the Dodgers in 1969 to play with the group till 1972.
No reason for dying was given, in accordance with the Hollywood Reporter.
Because the New York Occasions reported, Wills set a contemporary main league file after stealing 104 bases in 1962, which beat the file set by Ty Cobb in 1915 at 96 stolen bases.
Later Lou Brock of the St. Louis Cardinals would beat Wills’ file by stealing 118 bases in 1974, after which Ricky Henderson beat the all-time file with the Oakland A’s, setting the present file of 130 stolen bases in 1982.
Wills advised the New York Occasions in 1962, “Stealing is a matter of confidence, even conceit.” He mentioned, “It’s greater than getting a superb bounce, a giant lead. It’s being in the precise state of mind. I run with the thought that the pitcher will make an ideal throw and the catcher will make an ideal throw and I’ll nonetheless beat them. I don’t have a doubt.”
Wills is survived by his third spouse, Carla, and two sons, Barry and Bump. He additionally has 4 daughters, seven grandchildren, eight great-grandchildren, and his siblings.