Maury Wills is a former American pro baseball player. He was born in Washington, DC and studied high school at Cardozo High School in Washington, DC. Wills played as shortstop and third baseman for the Los Angeles Dodgers, Pittsburgh Pirates and the Montreal Expos in the Major League Baseball. Wills batted with his both hands and threw with his right and began his pro baseball career after he was signed by the Brooklyn Dodgers in 1951 as amateur free agent.
Before stepping into the major leagues, Wills spent his first nine pro seasons with the Dodgers’ minor league affiliates, playing for the Hornell Dodgers and the Pueblo Dodgers. Wills made his major league debut on June 6, 1959. In his first full season which is in 1960, Wills hit .295 and led the majors with fifty stolen bases, being the first National League player to steal fifty.
Prior to his retirement, Wills had his final game for the Dodgers on October 4, 1972. Throughout his fourteen year career, Wills was a seven-time All-Star selection, a three-time World Series champion with the Dodgers, Gold Glove Award winner for two consecutive years, and 1962 National League and 1962 MLB All-Star Game MVP.
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