Wills Is Pirate In Sudden Trade
The Los Angeles Dodgers surprised everybody yesterday by trading shortstop Maury Wills not to the New York Yankees but to the Pittsburgh Pirates for third baseman Bob Bailey and shortstop Gene Michael.
Wills, who was the National League's most valuable player in 1962, had fallen into disfavor with Dodger owner Walter O'Malley after jumping the team on a recent Japanese tour.
For the past week baseball pundits had been speculating that he would go to last year's 10th place Yankees and spark that fallen club from its doldrums.
Wills, who was handicapped by a leg injury over the last half of the season, will probably be used at third bas by the Pirates to replace the traded Bailey.