The Los Angeles Dodgers have a rich past that includes World Series championships, countless awards and Hall of Fame players.
One player that was a part of the titles and awards is awaiting a decision to become a Hall of Fame player. Maury Wills spent 12 years with the Dodgers during two different stints, winning the National League MVP in 1962. He was a part of two World Series teams, was a five-time All-Star and stole 586 bases in his career. Wills has remained with the team in a coaching capacity, often helping young players work on the nuances of the game.
Wills is part of the 10-man Golden Era ballot for the Hall of Fame that will be voted on next month at the Winter Meetings. A 16-member committee will vote on the 10 players that made their impact from 1947-1972.
According to Jamal Collier of MLB.com, the 82-year-old is ready for the moment if it comes:
I would like to be in the Hall of Fame,” Wills said earlier this month while serving as one of the instructors for the Dodgers’ adult fantasy camp at Historic Dodgertown. “I’m at a point where I don’t want to even think about it. But right now, it’s hitting me so hard … I’m getting ready to tear up.”
From 1978-1992, Wills was eligible for induction and failed to reach the required percentage. Despite his numbers and help in bringing back the stolen base as a tool, Wills peaked at just 40.6%.
He discussed the feelings he had knowing that he did not make the cut the first time around:
I’ve gone through more than one disappointment over being passed over when I was nominated but didn’t get enough votes,” he said.
It will be a long wait for the former All-Star Dodger until December, but it will be worth it if the vote is in his favor.