Maury Wills, the speedy Los Angeles Dodgers infielder who truly changed the game in the 1960s, has passed away at the age of 89. The team announced the same news on Tuesday. No cause of death was reported.
Wills broke Ty Cobb’s record, which had stood for 47 years, when he swiped 104 bases on his way to winning National League MVP honors in 1962. He played 14 seasons in the major leagues, 12 of them with the Dodgers, having won three World Series titles, two Gold Gloves and made seven All-Star appearances.
“The Los Angeles Dodgers are saddened by the passing of Dodger legend Maury Wills,” L.A. officials wrote in a tweet. “Our thoughts are with Wills’ family, teammates and friends.”
Following the end of his playing days, Wills went on to manage the Seattle Mariners in the 1980 season. He was then fired prior to the end of the 1981 season. Afterwards, he went on to work as a spring training instructor for the Dodgers. We offer our deepest condolences to Wills’ family and friends during this sad time.