Maury Wills played nine seasons in the Minor Leagues before joining the Los Angeles Dodgers in 1959 at the age of 26. The rookie shortstop hit .260 and had a .298 OBP, which was one of only two seasons that Wills didn’t have an on-base percentage over .300.

Well known for his ability to steal bases, on May 26, 1971, Wills collected career hit No. 2,000 in a 6-4 loss to the San Francisco Giants at Dodger stadium. Wills’ long list of accomplishments include three World Series rings, an MVP award, two Gold Gloves and finishing as the stolen base leader from 1960-1965.

As part of leading the Majors for five consecutive seasons in stolen bases, Wills set a then record with 104 stolen bags in 1962. The 1971 season that Wills recorded his 2,000th hit in, he finished with 169 and a .281 batting average.

Wills played 12 seasons for the Dodgers, finishing with a .281 batting average, 1,732 hits and 374 stole bases.
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