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Elliot Taylor "Bump" Wills (born July 27, 1952 in Washington, D.C.marker) is a former second baseman in Major League Baseball who played for the Texas Rangers (1977-81) and Chicago Cubs (1982). He also played two seasons in Japan for the Hankyu Braves (1983-84). He is the son of Maury Wills, the former Major League shortstop who later managed the Seattle Mariners.

His career batting average was .266.

Wills and teammate Toby Harrah hit back-to-back inside-the-park home runs on Saturday, August 27, 1977, the only time this feat has ever occurred in a Major League Baseball game. (Harrah's HR came on a drive to the right-center field gap; on the play, Yankee outfielders Lou Piniella and Mickey Rivers collided and knocked each other out. By the time another player was able to retrieve the ball, Harrah was being waved home. When asked about the bizarre play, Piniella said "I have a hard time understanding Mickey sometimes."> The Ballplayers - Bump Wills | Also in 1977, Wills controversially replaced Lenny Randle at second base, which led to Randle's punching Rangers manager Frank Lucchesi in the face.In 1978 Wills stole 52 bases, breaking Dave Nelson's single-season franchise record of 51 in ; the number remains a Ranger record for thefts in a season.Wills retired at the end of the 1982 season and later played in Japan.


Bump Wills now lives in Spokane, Washington and coaches the Central Valley Bears. He regularly manages clinics for younger players in the area as well.

See also


  1. The Official Site of The Texas Rangers: News: Swapping stories: The '77 Randle trade

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