Police Kill Man Mistaken for Freeway Sniper! A Dodger Returns
"What Are We Going to Do With the Pair of You?"
Photograph by Larry Sharkey / Los Angeles Times
June 12, 1964: Willie Davis jumps out of the way as Maury Wills tries to steal home in the 7th inning. Cardinals catcher Tim McCarver makes the tag. The umpre is Ed Vargo.
"I can't describe this feeling. It is the Dodger blue, this No. 30," said Wills, acquired from the Montreal Expos along with Manny Mota for Ron Fairly and Paul Popovich.
The deal had been rumored for some time as Wills struggled in Montreal. He got into a scuffle with a reporter, then decided to retire and then un-retired. "My greatest regret in leaving Montreal is that I never did show them how I could play the game. I'm sorry about that ... but I will not let Los Angeles down, you can be sure of it," he said.
Wills had become a star in the Dodgers' early years in Los Angeles, a six-time all star and the National League's most valuable player in 1962 largely because of his then-record 104 stolen bases. He even played the banjo and made appearances on TV and in clubs. But he was traded after the 1966 season when he left the team without permission during a trip to Japan. He played two seasons in Pittsburgh and then was taken by Montreal in the expansion draft.
He had a solid season back in L.A., hitting .297 with 25 stolen bases in 104 games.