Maury's banjo - the instrument he has played for years and featured on programs such as the Johnny Carson show - was inducted into the Country Music Hall of Fame in Nashville. Wills played the instrument at many venues and was well known for his talent playing the banjo. In addition to being on the Carson show four times, he was also on the Merv Griffith Show three times and entertained Dinah Shore, Jimmy Dean and Mike Douglas on their respective programs - among others. He also took his talents to Las Vegas, appearing in places such as the Plaza Hotel, Sahara and the Desert Inn.
The Dodgers' great hit .281 for his career that spanned 14 seasons with 2134 hits and 586 stolen bases for the Dodgers, Pirates and Expos from 1959-1972. He broke Ty Cobb's record of 96 steals in his MVP season in 1962, finishing with 104 (obviously becoming the first player to steal 100 bases in the season). After Wills' trade to the Pittsburgh Pirates after the 1967 season, the Dodgers fell off. They clearly were not the same without him. After he retired following the 1972 season, he became a coach for a series of teams - specializing in base running. He told me the key to a good base stealer was a quick and decisive first step towards second. Maury also started to steal third base later in his career when he realized his own pitcher could not see him moving to second for a pickoff move. If his own pitcher couldn't get a good look at a base runner, he knew the opposing pitcher could not get a good look at him at second.