Former St. Louis Cardinals manager Whitey Herzog, who won one World Series victory and three pennants during his long career, died at the age of 92.

His family confirmed the sad news in a statement on Tuesday, saying that Herzog had lately battled an illness. They stated that he spent his dying days surrounded by family members.

“Although it is hard for us to say goodbye,” Herzog’s loved ones said, “his peaceful passing was a blessing for him.”

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Herzog began his managerial career with the Texas Rangers in 1973, but it wasn’t until 1980 that he truly established himself in the Major Leagues as manager of the Cardinals.

Herzog won games using a style of baseball known as “Whiteyball,” which included unusual bullpen management and players who could run and defend.

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He won the World Series with the Cards in 1982 and went on to win two more National League pennants in 1985 and 1987.

Herzog, who also coached the California Angels and the Kansas City Royals during his 18-year managerial career, retired in 1990, with 1,281 and 1,125 wins, respectively.

St. Louis retired his uniform number 24 shortly after being inducted into the Hall of Fame.

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“On behalf of Major League Baseball,” the league’s commissioner, Rob Manfred, stated, “I extend my deepest condolences to Whitey’s family, his friends across the game, and the fans of the Cardinals and the Royals.”

According to Cardinals executive Bill DeWitt Jr., “Whitey adored the Cardinals, their fans, and St. Louis. He’ll be sadly missed.