Maury Wills, whose basal stealing for the Los Angeles Dodgers helped them triumph 3 satellite titles, died Monday astatine his household location successful Sedona, Arizona, according to the team. Wills was 89.
No origin of decease was given.
Wills was portion of the Dodgers’ World Series-winning teams successful his rookie play of 1959 and successful 1963 and 1965.
He spent 14 years successful the major leagues – 12 of those seasons with the Dodgers. He was the 1962 National League Most Valuable Player erstwhile helium led the league with a then-major league grounds 104 stolen bases, besting Ty Cobb’s 1915 play of 96 stolen bases.
The shortstop won 2 Gold Gloves and was an All-Star 7 times.
Dodgers manager Dave Roberts, who wears the fig 30 successful grant of Wills, according to the Dodgers website, said, “I cognize helium passed peacefully, and I americium going to person a dense heart. Maury was precise impactful to maine personally, professionally. He’s going to beryllium missed. This 1 is pugnacious for me.”
Dodgers squad president and CEO Stan Kasten besides discussed Wills’ impact, successful peculiar regarding his prowess for stealing bases. Wills remains the Dodgers record-holder for astir bases stolen with 490. All told, helium stole 586 bases successful his career, the 10th astir successful MLB history.
“Maury Wills was 1 of the astir breathtaking Dodgers of each time,” Kasten said. “He changed shot with his baserunning and made the stolen basal an important portion of the game. He was precise instrumental successful the occurrence of the Dodgers with 3 satellite championships.”
Wills led the National League successful steals successful each play from 1960 to 1965, erstwhile helium stole 94 bases.
Wills besides played for the Pittsburgh Pirates and the Montreal Expos and managed the Seattle Mariners for 2 seasons.
“Our crippled is fortunate to person had idiosyncratic similar Maury Wills,” the Major League Baseball Players Alumni Association tweeted.
Wills past twelvemonth was named to the National Baseball Hall of Fame’s Golden Area Committee ballot, but was not selected.