Monday, December 12, 2016

MISSING IN ACTION CAREER CAPPER- 1973 MAURY WILLS

Time to go and give former base-stealing master Maury Wills a “missing” career-capping 1973 card:


Will closed out an excellent 14-year career, appearing in 71 games for the Los Angeles Dodgers, batting .129 with 17 hits over 132 at-bats with 16 runs scored.
It was a sharp drop-off for the shortstop since he had a very productive season the year before, batting .281 with 73 runs scored and 15 stolen bases along with 169 hits as a 38-year-old.
Of course the pinnacle of his career is the 1962 season where he took home the National league MVP Award after setting the new single-season stolen base record with 104 while collecting 208 hits and 130 runs scored for the Dodgers.
This was right in the middle of a six-year run of leading the league in stolen bases, while also appearing in five all-star games and taking home a couple of Gold Glove Awards.
Overall he retired with a .281 batting average based on 2134 hits in 7588 at-bats with 586 stolen bases and 1067 runs scored in 1942 games.

3 comments:

  1. The card fits right into 1973 Topps with the background consisting of a chain link fence and a tourist with black socks and shorts that wandered into the facility.

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  2. I never had the chance to hear Wills as a color analyst on the NBC Game of the week. Was he any good?

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