Maxvill spent 14 years playing the infield, mostly for the St. Louis Cardinals, in the major leagues. He came up in 1962 and spent the first four years of his career as a reserve for the Cardinals. He became the team’s starting shortstop in 1966 and remained in that spot until he was traded to the Oakland A’s in 1972. A career .217 hitter, Maxvill’s best season came in 1968 when he finished 20th in the National League MVP vote. He hit a career high .253 that season and also won the Gold Glove. Maxvill left Oakland to join the Pittsburgh Pirates in 1973 but came back to the A’s the next year. He retired following the 1975 season.
Following his playing career, Maxvill coached for the A’s, Cardinals, New York Mets and Atlanta Braves. Maxvill was the Cardinals’ general manager from 1984-1994. As he mentions on his survey, Maxvill took part in five World Series. He won titles as a player with the Cardinals in 1964 and 1967 and with the A’s in 1972 and 1974. He was also a member of the 1968 Cardinals’ team that lost to the Detroit Tigers. In addition, he was the general manager of two more St. Louis teams that reached the series in 1985 and 1987.