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Maurice Morning "Maury" Wills (born October 2, 1932 in Washington, DC) is a former Major League Baseball shortstop and switch-hitter batter who played in the National League with Los Angeles Dodgers (1959-66, 1969-72), Pittsburgh Pirates (1967-68) and Montreal Expos (1969).
Luis Aparicio had been stealing bases in the American League for several years prior to Wills's insurgence in 1960. In his first-full season, Wills hit .295 and led the league with 50 stolen bases, being the first NL player to do it since Max Carey stole 51 in 1923.
Wills stole 104 bases in 1962 to establish a new record in baseball breaking the old 96-mark set by Ty Cobb in 1915. Beside this, he hit .299, led the league in triples (10), and was selected the NL Most Valuable Player beating out Willie Mays by seven points.
- 5-time All-Star (1961-63, 1965-66)
- MVP (1962)
- Twice Gold Glove (1961-62)
- 6-time led league in stolen bases (1960-65)
- Led league in triples (1962)
- 7th MLB player to hit home runs from each side of the plate in a game (1962)
- Won the Hickok Belt award (1962)
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