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The 20 greatest Dodgers of all time, No. 9: Maury Wills

We recently asked you to list your choices for the 10 greatest Dodgers of all time, and vote you did, as we received an amazing 12,231 ballots. So many people voted that we have decided to expand the list from the top 10 to the top 20. Each weekday at 11 a.m. PDT, a new player will be listed as we count down all 20.

Remember, any Dodger, Brooklyn or L.A., was eligible, including managers, owners, announcers, etc. Points were assigned based on where you listed the person on the ballot. Your first choice received 12 points, second choice 10, third place eight, all the way down to one point for 10th place.

So without further ado, here is No. 9:

No. 9: Maury Wills (3 first-place votes, 23,858 points)

Wills is credited by many with bringing the stolen base back to baseball. In his first full season as Dodgers shortstop (1960), Wills led the league with 50 stolen bases, becoming the first National League player to steal 50 since Max Carey stole 51 in 1923.

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In 1962, Wills broke Ty Cobb's 47-year-old record by stealing 104 bases for the Dodgers and was named NL most valuable player.

Wills was a five-time All-Star and two-time gold glove winner with the Dodgers. On the all-time Dodgers list, he is 11th in games played (1,593), 10th in hits (1,732), 10th in runs (876), 19th in triples (56), 20th in walks (456) and first in stolen bases (490).

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The 20 greatest Dodgers, No. 20: Don Sutton

The 20 greatest Dodgers, No. 19: Don Newcombe

The 20 greatest Dodgers, No. 18: Zack Wheat

The 20 greatest Dodgers, No. 17: Branch Rickey

The 20 greatest Dodgers, No. 16: Walter Alston

The 20 greatest Dodgers, No. 15: Mike Piazza

The 20 greatest Dodgers, No. 14: Steve Garvey

The 20 greatest Dodgers, No. 13: Walter O'Malley

The 20 greatest Dodgers, No. 12: Orel Hershiser

The 20 greatest Dodgers, No. 11: Gil Hodges

The 20 greatest Dodgers, No. 10: Fernando Valenzuela

 

 

 

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