Baseball player was ‘The Walking Man’
By ASSOCIATED PRESS October 18, 2012 12:02AM
Washington Senators player Eddie Yost (pictured in 1947) led the AL in walks six times, including a career-high 151 in 1956. | AP file photo
Updated: November 19, 2012 3:38PM
BOSTON — Eddie Yost, nicknamed “The Walking Man” because of his penchant for drawing bases on balls during an 18-year major league career, has died. He was 86.
The Boston Red Sox say Mr. Yost died Tuesday morning in Weston, Mass.
After his playing days, Mr. Yost was a third- base coach for the Red Sox, New York Mets and Washington Senators.
Primarily a third baseman from 1944-62, Mr. Yost drew 1,614 walks — a total that still ranks 11th all-time.
He spent his first 14 seasons with the original Senators, garnering All-Star honors in 1952, and he also played for the Detroit Tigers and Los Angeles Angels.
Mr. Yost led the AL in walks six times, including a career-high 151 in 1956, and in on-base percentage twice. He batted .254 with 139 home runs and 683 RBIs but patience at the plate lifted his on-base percentage to an outstanding .394.
Survivors include his daughters, Felita and Alexis, and a son, Mike, the Red Sox said. AP