YAKIMA, Wash. - Former Dodger speedster and ex-Mariner skipper Maury Wills will speak out against alcohol and drug abuse at the Yakima Convention Center Thursday night.
Wills is the banquet speaker for the 21st Annual Merril Scott Symposium on Alcohol and Other Drug Dependencies.
Wills himself was an alcoholic. He said he turned to alcohol and drugs after the M's fired him as manager after the 1981 season. Wills said he had one four day stretch where he lost more than $20,000.
Wills has been clean for 18 years, but he says he embraces the chance to warn others of the dangers of drugs and alcohol.
"It was my toughest battle," said Wills about his addiction "and my greatest victory."
Wills played 14 seasons in the big leagues. He was a five-time All-Star and the 1962 National League MVP. He also led the NL in stolen bases from 1960-1965.