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Maury Wills

2015 Veterans' Committee HOF Ballot: Maury Wills

The Baseball Hall of Fame recently announced their 2015 Veterans' ballot. One player on the ballot is Maury Wills.

The first table below presents Maury Wills's career as measured by Player won-lost records.

Maury Wills
Basic Player Won-Lost Records
Value Decomposition
Season Team Age Games pWins pLosses pWin Pct. pWOPA pWORL eWins eLosses eWin Pct. eWOPA eWORL
1959LAN26
82
6.87.00.491-0.0
0.5
7.58.50.470-0.40.3
1960LAN27
145
17.715.60.5311.3
2.6
16.717.50.489-0.11.3
1961LAN28
148
18.617.10.5221.2
2.8
19.619.60.4990.52.2
1962LAN29
165
26.019.80.5683.6
5.3
24.821.50.5352.13.9
1963LAN30
134
19.616.10.5482.0
3.4
18.317.90.5050.51.9
1964LAN31
158
19.421.30.477-0.9
0.7
19.720.60.488-0.41.2
1965LAN32
157
23.120.80.5261.7
3.4
22.721.60.5121.12.8
1966LAN33
143
20.820.40.5040.7
2.3
19.320.70.482-0.21.3
1967PIT34
149
19.218.00.5160.2
1.8
20.018.80.5150.21.9
1968PIT35
153
19.818.30.5190.6
2.1
19.918.90.5120.41.9
36
151
20.320.70.4950.4
2.2
20.220.00.5020.72.4
1970LAN37
132
15.916.00.4990.6
1.9
15.615.90.4950.41.8
1971LAN38
149
20.519.90.5081.3
2.9
18.819.50.4900.52.0
1972LAN39
67
3.44.80.412-0.6
-0.3
3.04.70.395-0.7-0.4
------ ------ ------ ------ ------ ------ ------ ------ ------ ------ ------ ------ ------ ------
CAREER (reg. season)
1,933
251.1235.90.51612.1
31.8
245.9245.70.5004.624.5
------ ------ ------ ------ ------
PostSeason (career)
21
2.52.20.539 0.42.42.50.488 0.2
------ ------ ------ ------ ------ ------ ------ ------ ------
COMBINED
1,954
253.6238.10.516
32.2
248.4248.30.500 24.7


Maury Wills had an excellent 1962 season, for which he won the National League MVP award in a very close vote against Willie Mays. Maury Wills set a major-league record that season (which has subsequently been broken) with 104 stolen bases. Perhaps even more impressive, he was caught stealing only 13 times, an extraordinary 88.9% stolen base percentage.

Maury Wills's 1962 season ranks as the second-best baserunning season for which I have calculated Player won-lost records, as ranked by baserunning wins over non-pitcher average. The top 10 such seasons are shown in the next table.

Top 10 Single-Season Baserunning Totals
(Wins over non-Pitcher Average)

Player Season eWins eLosses eWOPA
1Maury Wills19624.01.41.3
2Rickey Henderson19884.01.71.1
3Rickey Henderson19853.51.31.1
4Ron LeFlore19803.51.31.1
5Tim Raines Sr.19853.51.50.9
6Willie Wilson19803.11.20.9
7Bobby Bonds19722.60.70.9
8Rickey Henderson19833.41.60.9
9Vince Coleman19853.82.00.9
10Bert Campaneris19693.11.30.8

Positional Average excludes pitcher offense



Maury Wills led his league in stolen bases six (consecutive) seasons and stole 586 total bases in his careeer (still 20th all-time) at a respectable 73.8% success rate. Overall, Wills ranks among the top 40 players in career baserunning wins over non-pitcher average.

Top 40 Baserunners, ranked by Career Baserunning Wins over Non-Pitcer Average

eWins eLosses eWOPA
1Rickey Henderson52.536.47.9
2Tim Raines Sr.34.520.76.5
3Willie Wilson26.514.85.9
4Bert Campaneris36.123.75.8
5Davey Lopes23.714.44.3
6Paul Molitor29.621.04.3
7Joe L. Morgan37.127.44.2
8Luis Aparicio30.921.94.1
9Vince Coleman26.117.63.9
10Lou Brock41.333.13.4
11Kenny Lofton25.818.83.4
12Willie Davis24.216.93.3
13Johnny Damon22.415.93.2
14Ron LeFlore19.212.73.2
15Willie Mays29.222.03.1
16Mookie Wilson18.411.83.1
17Cesar Cedeno27.921.03.0
18Barry Larkin21.815.23.0
19Tommy Harper21.415.03.0
20Jimmy Rollins23.517.22.8
21Robin Yount23.818.22.8
22Amos Otis19.413.72.7
23Mickey Mantle18.912.82.7
24Maury Wills28.822.42.7
25Ozzie Smith30.424.02.7
26Frankie Frisch19.313.82.5
27Eric Davis15.610.22.5
28Mickey Rivers17.212.22.4
29Marquis Grissom21.516.02.4
30Roberto Alomar23.918.92.4
31Otis Nixon20.915.72.4
32Carlos Beltran19.314.32.4
33Ichiro Suzuki24.719.82.3
34Rajai Davis13.38.52.3
35Jacoby Ellsbury13.99.22.3
36Devon White18.513.72.3
37Jose B. Reyes22.817.62.3
38Carl Crawford18.313.62.3
39Lou Whitaker20.115.62.3
40Max Carey14.09.12.3

Positional Average excludes pitcher offense



Maury Wills is undoubtedly most well known as a basestealer - and he was an excellent one in his prime. But Wills was also an excellent fielder, winning Gold Gloves in 1961 and 1962. Wills's defense rates very highly in Player won-lost records. The final table presents the top 20 fielding shortstops as measured by net fielding wins among all players for whom I have calculated Player won-lost records (all games since 1939, most games since 1921).

Top 20 Defensive Shortstops, ranked by Net Career Wins

eWins eLosses Net Wins
1Ozzie Smith118.1103.314.8
2Pee Wee Reese88.176.411.6
3Lou Boudreau71.760.111.6
4Mark Belanger76.266.210.0
5Cal Ripken92.584.48.0
6Tim Foli67.160.46.7
7Alan Trammell82.175.76.4
8Dave Concepcion90.084.35.7
9Omar Vizquel102.096.45.7
10Eddie R. Miller71.465.85.6
11Roy McMillan86.180.55.5
12Rey Sanchez37.431.95.5
13Phil Rizzuto68.763.25.5
14Jack Wilson52.246.85.4
15Bud Harrelson54.749.45.3
16Garry Templeton84.579.35.2
17Marty Marion72.167.15.0
18Andrelton Simmons30.125.24.8
19Ron Hansen51.747.14.6
20J.J. Hardy58.353.74.6




All articles are written so that they pull data directly from the most recent version of the Player won-lost database. Hence, any numbers cited within these articles should automatically incorporate the most recent update to Player won-lost records. In some cases, however, the accompanying text may have been written based on previous versions of Player won-lost records. I apologize if this results in non-sensical text in any cases.

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