Eddie Yost, a legendary Major League Baseball player that was active throughout the 40s, 50s and 60s, has died at the age of 86. Nicknamed “The Walking Man” because of his penchant for drawing bases on balls, Yost drew 1,614 walks -- a total that still ranks 11th all-time.
Playing the infield at the third base for most of his career from 1944-62, He spent his first 14 seasons with the original Senators, garnering All-Star honors in 1952, and also played for the Detroit Tigers and Los Angeles Angels.
Yost led the AL in walks six times, including a career-high 151 in 1956, and on-base percentage twice, according to ESPN. He batted .254 with 139 home runs and 683 RBIs, but patience at the plate lifted his on-base percentage to an outstanding .394, the sports news outlet reports.
After making his last appearance as a player on July 28, 1962 for the Los Angeles Angels, Yost acted as a third-base coach for the Red Sox, New York Mets and Washington Senators.
According to a statement by the Boston Red Sox, the former third basemen died Tuesday morning in Weston, Mass. A cause of death was not announced.
The Red Sox say Yost is survived by his daughters, Felita and Alexis, and son Mike.
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