Maurice Morning Wills (born October 2, 1932) is a former American Major League Baseball (MLB) shortstop and switch-hitter. He played for the Los Angeles Dodgers from 1959–66 and 1969–72, Pittsburgh Pirates from 1967–68, and Montreal Expos in 1969. Wills was an essential component of the Dodgers' championship teams in the mid-1960s, and is credited for reviving the stolen base as part of baseball strategy.
Wills was an All-Star for five seasons, an All-Star Game MVP, a National League Most Valuable Player (MVP), and a Gold Glove winner for two seasons. In a fourteen-year career, Wills batted .281 with twenty home runs, 458 runs batted in, 2,134 hits, 1,067 runs, 177 doubles, 71 triples, and 586 stolen bases in 1,942 games. Since 2009, Wills is a member of the Los Angeles Dodgers organization serving as a representative of the Dodgers Legend Bureau.
In 2014, Wills appeared for the first time as a candidate on the National Baseball Hall of Fame's Golden Era Committee election ballot for possible Hall of Fame consideration in 2015 which required 12 votes. Wills missed getting elected by 3 votes. All the other candidates on the ballot also missed being elected. The Committee meets and votes on ten selected candidates from the 1947 to 1972 era every three years.
By Dean Hanley
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