The other members of the pre-1943 Veterans Committee final ballot are Gil Hodges, Jim Kaat, Tony Oliva, Al Oliver, Vada Pinson, Ron Santo, Luis Tiant, Joe Torre and Dick Allen.But Wills, along with Hall of Famer Luis Aparicio in the American League, was revolutionary in terms of bringing speed back into the game. Wills reached his pinnacle in 1962 when he stole 104 bases, breaking Ty Cobb's modern record of 96 set in 1915. The shortstop also batted .299 with 10 triples that season and won the National League MVP, beating out Willie Mays by just seven points. Wills also finished in the top 10 in voting for the MVP in three other seasons (1961, 1965 and 1971). A five-time All-Star, he also appeared in four World Series, winning the title with the Dodgers in 1959, 1963 and 1965. Wills, born Oct. 2, 1932, played with the Dodgers, Pirates and Expos in his 14-year career but was with the Dodgers for all but two of those seasons. In all, he batted .281 with 177 doubles, 71 triples and 1,067 runs scored in 1,942 games. He stole 586 bases, leading the NL in six consecutive seasons from 1960-65. After retiring, Wills managed the Seattle Mariners for the last 58 games of the 1980 season and the first 25 games in 1981. But he'll be remembered for his playing career and bringing the stolen base back into the spotlight.
Rhett Bollinger is an associate reporter for MLB.com. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.