FARGO, N.D. – Former Los Angeles Dodgers great Maury Wills has retired again, this time from broadcasting.
The 84-year-old Wills is stepping out of the Fargo-Moorhead RedHawks' broadcast booth after providing color commentary for the minor league team for 22 years.
Wills was offered the job while he was in Fargo to speak at a local sports banquet. He had cut back on his broadcasting schedule in recent years.
Wills played 14 seasons in the major leagues. He had a career batting average of .281 and stole 586 bases. He was the NL MVP in 1962. He also played for the Pittsburgh Pirates and Montreal Expos.
Wills told KFGO radio that getting the job with the RedHawks helped him beat his addiction to drugs and alcohol. He says the Fargo-Moorhead area has been his second home.
Wills was honored at Friday's American Association game between the RedHawks and Gary SouthShore RailCats, throwing out a ceremonial first pitch.
"I'll will always feel connected with Fargo, North Dakota," said Wills, who lives in Sedona, Ariz.