Letters: Maury Wills is gone but his exploits are remembered

Maury Wills is one of the biggest players not in the Hall of Fame. He influenced how the game was (is) played by others by reinventing the stolen base. And considering how those Dodgers teams had such a low score, that made him extremely valuable. He was also quite good on defense. Yes, he has had personal problems, but this is an institution that Ty Cobb has had in his inaugural class.

Evan Puziss
Mar Vista

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Growing up with the Dodgers-Giants rivalry in the 1960s, I enjoyed watching Maury Wills in frustration and beating the Giants almost alone. Alongside Sandy Koufax, he was my favorite Dodger at the time and I was horrified when he was mistaken for popcorn and hot dogs with the Pittsburgh Pirates.

Regardless of whether or not the team continues its outdated number withdrawal policy, just as no one will be awarded Fernando’s 34, no one after Dave Roberts should wear the no. 30

Eliot Powers
San Diego

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The disappearance of the Dodger’s great Maury Wills raises the question: why isn’t this guy in the Hall of Fame?

His numbers were the same and even exceeded many of the players already present in the room. I know this because I have searched. And how many of them have a regular season MVP, an All-Star Game MVP, and three World Series rings on their resumes? I looked for it, even in this case not many.

What I didn’t have to look up was that none of them changed the game of baseball by bringing back the stolen base and making it an art.

It was bad enough that it took forever to get Gil Hodges in, but this … this is a tragedy.

David Dale
Sonoma Valley

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Long before the wave, there was the chant “Go, go, go!” As a kid walking to Dodger Stadium with his dad, there were a few things you hoped to see: Koufax shooting a lethal ball; Willie Davis hitting a ball on the gap; Don Drysdale claims the outside of the plate, if not the whole; and Frank Howard hammering a fastball out of place. But out of sheer excitement and the thrill of the crowd, you couldn’t beat Maury Wills by getting out of first base.

Rob Stockly
Sierra Madre

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I can still hear John Ramsey’s booming voice, “Batting for the Dodgers …” The hands begin to clap. “The shortstop …” The ovation continues to build. “Number 30 …” Now a thunderous roar. “Maury …” The whole stadium cheers in unison! You have never felt the “Wills”. You did not have to. Everyone knew. The captain was entering. It was time for excitement. It was Dodger baseball time.

John Thompson
Viejo mission

UCLA fanfare

I’ll have to agree with Chip Kelly on the lack of big-name opponents hurting participation, because those big-name schools have fans traveling all over to see their teams play. UCLA will no longer have home fans, but if you just want to fill 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 arrive, but I doubt they will wear the powder blue.

Judy Thomsen
Glendora

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The question isn’t why only 29,344 people attended the UCLA game last Saturday at the Rose Bowl. The real question is why someone showed up. I mean, seriously, a 11am football game against South Alabama and the fans are being criticized for not going there?

Greg Nersesiano
North Hollywood

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I don’t know why UCLA has such a problem with participating in 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!

Bill Piercy
Long beach

MVP or human resources derby?

Regarding the choice of MVP 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, the judge has an argument for MVP.

Dennis Hurwitz
Del Mar

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No, Bill Shaikin, the “real” home run record is not 73. The “real” record remains Roger Maris’ 61 (unless Aaron Judge beats it this year).

It doesn’t matter that Bud Selig stayed silent when Barry Bonds passed 61 while using banned steroids. Players cannot set records by cheating simply because a sport’s admins want to ignore a scandal.

True sports fans know that Maris’ 61 is the biggest home run in a single season.

Ray McKown
torture

Broadcast blues

Angels are so hard to watch on TV and listen to on the radio. The announcers are so bad. The TV guys, while I’m sure they’re good guys, are so busy citing obscure stats. What if that off-the-wall shot was a home run at X number of other baseball fields? As a longtime fan of the Angels, 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. .

Steve Geary
Crown of March

Painful memory

I read with deep sadness that former UCLA basketball owner Jalen Hill passed away at the age of 22. He left the team in 2021 to fight his depression and anxiety. With all the resources UCLA would have for him, it shows that there is predominantly a mental health pandemic, particularly with young males. I pray for the family.

Craig A Horowitz
Santa Monica

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