“My first sports hero as a kid. RIP” “One of the greatest of all time”

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Maury Wills, whose base-stealing prowess helped the Los Angeles Dodgers win three World Series titles, died Monday at his family home in Sedona, Arizona. He was 89 years old.

Wills was on the Dodgers’ World Series winning teams in 1959, 1963 and 1965. He later played for the Pittsburgh Pirates and the former Montreal Expos. He returned to the Dodgers for a second stint between 1969 and 1972, after which he retired.

The Los Angeles Dodgers are saddened by the passing of Dodgers legend Maury Wills. Our thoughts are with Wills’ family, teammates and friends.

The Los Angeles Dodgers are saddened by the passing of Dodgers legend Maury Wills. Our thoughts are with Wills’ family, teammates and friends.

“The Los Angeles Dodgers are saddened by the passing of Dodgers legend Maury Wills. Our hearts go out to Wills’ family, teammates and friends.” – Los Angeles Dodgers

@Dodgers RIP Legend!!!!! He was my grandfather’s favorite player, I’m so glad I was able to sign this ball years ago! Sad day!

@Dodgers RIP Legend!!!!! He was my grandfather’s favorite player, I’m so glad I was able to sign this ball years ago! Sad day!

A true icon and legend in every way, it’s a loss too much for many Dodgers fans to handle. The whole fanbase showed up to pay their respects in unison.

@Dodgers One of the greatest of all time. RIP Maury Wills.

@Dodgers One of the greatest of all time. RIP Maury Wills.

Wills became famous for his exceptional flight on basic trails. He stole 104 bases in 1962, breaking Ty Cobb’s record of 96. Wills was named National League MVP that year. He led the league in stolen bases for six consecutive seasons.

@Dodgers A bunt, a steel, a bloop and a run. That was one hell of a strategy for Wills and the Dodgers in the ’60s!

@Dodgers A bunt, a steel, a bloop and a run. That was one hell of a strategy for Wills and the Dodgers in the ’60s!

@Dodgers 3x world champion, 7x all-star, 1962 NL MVP and the nicest man ever… RIP him 🕊

@Dodgers 3x world champion, 7x all-star, 1962 NL MVP and the nicest man ever… RIP him 🕊💙

Wills also has five All-Star calls in his long list of accolades, as well as two shortstop Golden Gloves. Despite retiring five decades ago, Wills still holds the Dodgers franchise record with 490 stolen bases.

@Dodgers I met Mr. Wills in the 90s during a photo shoot. I told him my parents gave me my middle name after him. He laughed, put his arm on my shoulder and said, “I hope you are fast. TO TEAR APART

@Dodgers I met Mr. Wills in the 90s during a photo shoot. I told him my parents gave me my middle name after him. He laughed, put his arm on my shoulder and said, “I hope you are fast. RIP💙

During his 14-year career, Wills hit .281 with 2,134 hits and 586 stolen bases in 1,942 games.

Dave Roberts deeply affected by the death of Maury Wills

Dodgers manager Dave Roberts, who considers Maury Wills a big influence on his life, was devastated by his hero’s passing. Roberts wears No. 30 because of Wills. He was described as “very emotional” ahead of the Dodgers clash against the Diamondbacks.

Dave Roberts wears #30 because of Maury Wills. He was very emotional during the pre-game

“Maury had a huge impact on me, personally, professionally. He will be missed,” Roberts said. “He was a friend, a father, a mentor, all of the above to me. This one is tough.”

Dave Roberts wears #30 because of Maury Wills. He was very emotional during the pre-match “Maury had a lot of impact on me, personally, professionally. He will be missed,” Roberts said. “He was a friend, a father, a mentor, all of the above to me. This one is tough.”

“Dave Roberts wears number 30 because of Maury Wills. He was very emotional during the pre-game… ‘Maury had a huge impact on me, personally, professionally. He will be missed,’ Roberts said . ‘He was a friend, a father, a mentor, all of the above to me. This one is tough.” – Eric Stephen

The Dodgers remain the favorites to win the World Series this year. With the loss of legendary Vin Scully last month, and now Wills, the Dodgers have added motivation to win the Holy Grail. If successful, it would be a fitting tribute from the franchise to two of their favorite sons.

For more information and updates, head over to the Sportskeeda Baseball page.


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Peter Kavinsky

Peter Kavinsky is the Executive Editor at cablefreetv.org

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