Thursday, April 24, 2014

The Maury Wills 1961 Union Oil Dodger Family Booklet

Here is my last post featuring the 1961 Union Oil Dodger Family Booklet set.  Go here to see my past post showcasing this set; including complete scans of both the Vin Scully/Jerry Doggett and Sandy Koufax booklets.  This time I share the Maury Wills Booklet.

As I said, this is the very last booklet in the 1961 Union Oil set that I am sharing.  Since I started this series in early February I've scanned all 24 booklets in the set (that's 216 total pages scanned), and you can check them all out here.  My favorite of the bunch was Dick Farrell booklet since I had a chance to learn about a Dodger player I had no knowledge of.  A close second was the Vin Scully/Jerry Doggett booklet.

Besides the player biographies, I really enjoyed the little snippets of information found in individual boxes throughout the booklets.  There was always something new to find out about a player; as well as, interesting quotes.  For instance, here are some snippets from the Maury Wills booklet.
  • Wills said, early in June last year, "I'm still learning on the left side.  This is only my second year of switching, and I'm not a natural hitter to begin with.  I'm a natural pitcher and runner, but I had to learn hitting.  I'm bound to get better."
  • Let all who feel rejected at one time or another in their lives take heart.  Wills was sold conditionally to Detroit in 1958 for $35,000.  The Tigers sent him back.  Now look at him.
  • Manager Walt Alston, when he feels extra approbation for Maury's good deeds, calls Will "Little Man."  He once said to his shortstop, "You get such a beautiful jump, little man.  Why don't you steal first base a few times?"
Below are complete scans of every page from Maury Wills' 1961 Union Oil Dodger Family Booklet.  Click any pic to embiggen. 

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