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Maury Wills
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Sex:M
Age:78
Birth Date:October 2, 1932
Astrology Sign:Libra
Chinese Sign:Monkey - Yin
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Occupation:Baseball Player

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MAURY WILLS
Maury Wills

Biography:Maury Wills (born October 2, 1932 in Washington, DC) is a former Major League Baseball shortstop and switch-hitting batter who played most prominently with the Los Angeles Dodgers (1959-66, 1969-72), and also with the Pittsburgh Pirates (1967-68) and Montreal Expos (1969). He was an essential component of the Dodgers' championship teams in the mid-1960's, and deserves much credit for reviving the stolen base as part of baseball strategy.

In his first-full season (1960), 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 mark of 96, set by Ty Cobb in 1915. Besides 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).

Although Luis Aparicio had been stealing 50+ bases in the American League for several years prior to Wills' insurgence, Wills brought new prominence to the tactic. Perhaps this was due to greater media exposure in Los Angeles, or to the Dodgers' greater success, or to their extreme reliance on a low-scoring strategy that emphasized pitching, defense, and Wills' speed to compensate for their lack of productive hitters. Wills was a significant distraction to the pitcher even if he didn't try to steal, because he was a constant threat to do so. The fans at Dodger Stadium would chant, "Go! Go! Go!" anytime he got on base.

A winner of the Gold Glove Award in 1961 and 1962, Wills was selected five times for the All-Star Game. After retiring, he managed the Seattle Mariners (1980-81).

In 14-seasons career, Wills batted .281 with 20 home runs, 458 RBI, 2134 hits, 1067 runs, 177 doubles, 71 triples, and 586 stolen bases in 1942 games.

Highlights

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)


Chinese Horoscope for Maury Wills
Includes characteristics and Vices
Maury Wills's Chinese Horoscope
Chinese Year: February 06, 1932 - January 25, 1933
Birthday: October 2, 1932

The Monkey is a Yin,
and is the Ninth sign of the Chinese horoscope.

Characteristics:    
Improvisation
Cunning
Stability
Leadership
Wit
Zeal
Vices:
Deceit
Ruse
Loquacity
Self-Involvement
Silliness
Opportunism


Personality and Character Cards:
Personality and character cards are identical!

Maury Wills's Personality Tarot Card The Hermit - Personality Card

Birthday: October 2, 1932

A time for soul searching and meditation; a need for patience and solitude.


This year's Growth Tarot Card
Based on this year's birthday

Maury Wills's Growth Tarot Card The Devil

Birthday: October 2, 2010

Inhibitions, blocks and fears which, once removed, release positive energy.

 

 

 

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