Wills highlights pregame festivities with first pitch

Wills highlights pregame festivities with first pitch

LOS ANGELES -- Maury Wills may be 82 years old, but he can still bring it.

The former Dodgers infielder threw a perfect strike from the mound on Saturday, ceremoniously ringing in Game 2 of the National League Division Series between the Cardinals and Dodgers. Wills is one of many Dodgers legends the club will showcase for as long as it lasts in the postseason, and for an organization with such a rich and storied history, there will be no shortage of fan favorites from yesteryear to add to the pageantry of October baseball at historic Chavez Ravine.

  Date   Matchup Highlights
Gm 1 Oct. 3   STL 10, LAD 9 video
Gm 2 Oct. 4   LAD 3, STL 2 video
Gm 3 Oct. 6   STL 3, LAD 1 video
Gm 4 Oct. 7   STL 3, LAD 2 video

Game 1 featured Tommy Lasorda. Game 2, Wills. A Steve Garvey cameo could be coming down the pike, assuming playoff action returns to Dodger Stadium after the upcoming trip to St. Louis.

Wills, who played 12 of his 14 seasons with the Dodgers in a career that spanned from 1959-72, is a sociable sort. You won't see him hiding in a makeshift "green room" prior to his appearance in the pregame ceremony. Rather, he is a man among the people, posing for pictures, signing autographs and exchanging pleasantries with current Dodgers players, all of whom affectionately refer to him as "Uncle Maury."

Wills' ceremonial first pitch highlighted a star-studded pregame ceremony that featured Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Famer and Lakers legend Kareem Abdul-Jabbar, who, dressed in an old-school Jackie Robinson jersey, read the Dodgers' lineup to the crowd.

Ending with Vin Scully's signature catch phrase "It's time for Dodgers baseball," Abdul-Jabbar cleared a path for national anthem singer Tinashe, an RCA recording artist whose summer hit "20n" was No. 1 at rhythm radio for four consecutive weeks. Her debut album "Aquarius" is being released on Tuesday.

As the pregame ceremonies wrapped, there was a bit of a stir near the Dugout Club seats near the Dodgers' dugout as Magic Johnson made his way to his seats. The congenial NBA legend posed for pictures before settling in for first pitch, which began soon after Wills added his enthusiastic "It's time for Dodgers baseball" exclamation.

Also in attendance: "Modern Family" star Eric Stonestreet, who, as both a Dodgers and Royals fan, is likely contemplating where his allegiances will turn in case those two meet in the World Series. Legendary talk show host Larry King, a regular at Dodgers games, was also expected to be in attendance for Game 2.

In the middle of the second inning, the videoboard played a tribute to Lasorda that included highlights from his celebratory speech in the Dodgers' clubhouse following the team's World Series win in 1988. The 87-year-old Lasorda, sitting next to Johnson in the Dugout Seats, stood and waved to the sellout crowd, who gave him a deafeningly loud ovation.

Alyson Footer is a national correspondent for MLB.com. Follow her on Twitter @alysonfooter. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.