Maury Wills, who terrorized pitchers with his base-stealing ability as a shortstop for the Los Angeles Dodgers on three World Series championship teams, has died. He was 89 years old.
Wills died Monday night at home in Sedona, Arizona, the team said Tuesday after being notified by family members. No cause of death was given.
Wills played on World Series title teams in 1959, ’63 and ’65 during his first eight seasons with the Dodgers. He also played for Pittsburgh and Montreal before returning to the Dodgers from 1969-72, when he retired.
During his 14-year career, Wills batted .281 with 2,134 hits and 586 stolen bases in 1,942 games.
He was the National League MVP in 1962, led the NL in stolen bases from 1960-65, was a seven-time All-Star selection and won Gold Glove Awards in 1961 and ’62.
Wills had an unfortunate stint managing the Seattle Mariners from 1980-81, going 26-56 with a .317 winning percentage.