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 Yost died Tuesday morning in Weston, Mass., but did not announce a cause.
After his playing days, Yost was a third base coach for the Red Sox, New York Mets and Washington Senators.
Primarily a third baseman from 1944-62, 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 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. 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 Red Sox say Yost is survived by his daughters, Felita and Alexis, and son Mike.
This story will be updated.