Former Los Angeles Dodgers shortstop Maury Wills dies at 89

No cause of death was given.

Wills was on the Dodgers’ World Series winning teams in his 1959 rookie season and in 1963 and 1965.

I spent 14 years in the major leagues — 12 of those seasons with the Dodgers. He was the 1962 National League Most Valuable Player when he led the league with a then major league record of 104 stolen bases, beating Ty Cobb’s 1915 season by 96 stolen bases.

The shortstop won two Gold Gloves and was a seven-time All-Star.

Dodgers manager Dave Roberts, who wears number 30 in Wills’ honor, according to the Dodgers website, said: “I know he passed away peacefully and I’m going to have a heavy heart. Maury had a lot of impact on me personally, professionally. He will be missed. This one is difficult for me.

Dodgers team president and CEO Stan Kasten also discussed Wills’ impact, particularly when it comes to his base-stealing prowess. Wills remains the Dodgers record holder for most stolen bases with 490. In total, he stole 586 bases during his career, the 10th most in MLB history.

“Maury Wills was one of the most exciting Dodgers of all time,” Kasten said. “He changed baseball with his base run and made stolen base an important part of the game. He was a big part of the Dodgers’ success with three world championships.”

Wills led the National League in steals every season from 1960 to 1965, when he stole 94 bases.

Wills also played for the Pittsburgh Pirates and Montreal Expos and managed the Seattle Mariners for two seasons.

“Our game is lucky to have had someone like Maury Wills,” the Major League Baseball Players Alumni Association tweeted.

Last year, Wills was nominated in a ballot for the National Baseball Hall of Fame’s Golden Area committee, but was not selected.