The National Baseball Hall of Fame’s Golden Days Era Committee did not choose to induct Los Angeles Dodgers legend Maury Wills.
Gil Hodges and Wills were on the 10-person ballot for the Dodgers, which was made up of nominees whose key contributions were from 1950 to 1969.
Why is Maury Wills not in the Hall of Fame?
To be inducted, candidates had to receive votes on 75% of the 16-member committee’s ballots.
Hodges received exactly the necessary 12 votes to qualify, which he did. Wills was one of the players that garnered three votes or fewer and were mentioned.
The Golden Days Era Committee was established by the 16-member Hall of Fame Board and consists of the following individuals: Rod Carew, Fergie Jenkins, Mike Schmidt, John Schuerholz, Bud Selig, Ozzie Smith, Joe Torre Al Avila, Bill DeWitt, Ken Kendrick, Kim Ng, Tony Reagins, Adrian Burgos Jr., Steve Hirdt, Jaime Jarrin, and Jack O’Connell.
Between 1959 and 1972, Wills played 14 seasons, 12 of which he spent with the Dodgers. He had a lifetime hit of .281 and finished with a total of 586 base stealers.
In addition to being the 1962 NL MVP, the shortstop was a seven-time All-Star and two-time Gold Glove Award winner.
Wills had a batting line of .281/.331/.332 with the Dodgers, with 1,732 hits, 876 runs scored, 374 RBI, and 490 stolen bases.
While playing for L.A., Wills received all seven of his All-Star nominations, and he holds the franchise record for stolen bases.
From 1959 to 1966, Wills was a member of three World Series champion Dodgers teams, including the club that won the inaugural championship for the Los Angeles-based organization in 1959.