Maury Wills is one of the most important players not in the Hall of Fame. He influenced how others played (or play) the game by reinventing the stolen base. And considering how those Dodger teams were scoring so little, that made him more valuable. He was also pretty good defensively. Yes, he had personal problems, but this is an institution that had Ty Cobb in its inaugural class.
Growing up with the Dodgers-Giants rivalry in the 1960s, I loved watching Maury Wills thwart and beat the Giants almost single-handedly. Along with Sandy Koufax, he was my favorite Dodger during that time and I was horrified when he was traded for popcorn and a hot dog to the Pittsburgh Pirates.
Whether or not the team continues its outdated number retirement policy, just as no one will get 34 from Fernando, no one after Dave Roberts should wear number 34. 30
The passing of Dodgers great Maury Wills begs the question: Why isn’t this guy in the Hall of Fame?
Their numbers matched and even surpassed many of the players already in the room. I know because I looked it up. And how many of them have a regular-season MVP, All-Star Game MVP and three World Series rings on their résumés? I looked it up, again not many.
What I didn’t have to look up was that none of them changed the game of baseball by recovering the stolen base and turning it into an art.
It was bad enough that Gil Hodges took almost forever to get in, but this…this is a tragedy.
david give it
Long before the wave, there was the chant “Come on, come on, come on!” When he was a kid walking into Dodger Stadium with his dad, there were certain things he expected to see: Koufax throwing a deadly curveball; Willie Davis hitting a ball through the gap; Don Drysdale claiming the outside, if not all, of the plate; and Frank Howard hitting a fastball out of bounds. But for sheer excitement and the excitement of the crowd, you couldn’t beat Maury Wills off first base.
I can still hear John Ramsey’s booming voice, “Batting first for the Dodgers…” Hands begin to clap. “The shortstop…” The ovation continues to grow. “Number 30…” Now a thunderous roar. “Maury…” The entire stadium applauds as one! You never heard the “Testaments”. You did not have to do it. Everybody knew. The captain was intervening. It was the moment of emotion. It was time for Dodgers baseball.
I’ll have to agree with Chip Kelly that a lack of big-name opponents hurts attendance, because those big-name schools have fans who travel far and wide to watch their teams play. UCLA won’t have any more home fans, but if you just want to pack out the Rose Bowl, scheduling top-tier teams is a good idea. Additionally, Bruin students and fans will be able to sell their tickets to opposing fans. The fans will come, but I doubt they will be dressed in light blue.
The question isn’t why only 29,344 people attended UCLA’s game last Saturday at the Rose Bowl. The real question is why someone showed up. I mean, seriously, an 11am football game against South Alabama and the fans are being criticized for not showing up?
I don’t know why UCLA has such a problem with attendance at the Rose Bowl. You can get a ticket for as little as $6, which is a pretty good deal. Maybe it’s because they want $60 for parking!
MVP or HR derby?
In regards to the MVP choice between Shohei Ohtani and Aaron Judge. Aaron Judge hasn’t won 13 games as a pitcher. He doesn’t have a 2.34 ERA. When he does, Judge has an argument for MVP.
No, Bill Shaikin, the “real” home run record isn’t 73. The “real” record is still Roger Maris’ 61 (unless Aaron Judge breaks it this year).
Never mind that Bud Selig was silent when Barry Bonds passed the age of 61 while using banned steroids. Players cannot set records by cheating simply because a sport’s administrators want to ignore a scandal.
True sports fans know that Maris’ 61 stands out as the most home run feat in a single season.
Los Angeles is so hard to see on TV and hear on the radio. The announcers are so mediocre. The guys on TV, while I’m sure they’re good guys, are too busy quoting obscure statistics. So what if that hit off the wall would be a home run in X number of other furlongs? As a long-time Angels fan, I hope the new owner invests not only in a quality pitch, but also in announcing teams that make the game fun with a little, not much, less of a hometown bias.
crown of the sea
It is with deep sadness that I read that former UCLA basketball starter Jalen Hill has died at the age of 22. He left the team in 2021 to fight his depression and anxiety. With all the resources that UCLA would have for him, it shows that there is a mental health pandemic, especially among young men. I pray for the family.
Craig A Horowitz
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