October 17, 2012

Eddie Yost, nicknamed The Walking Man, dies at 86

After his playing days, Yost was a third base coach for the Boston Red Sox and lived in Massachusetts.

The Associated Press

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.

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This June 3, 1947, file photo, shows Washington Senators third baseman Eddie Yost in Washington. Yost, nicknamed "The Walking Man" because of his penchant for drawing bases on balls during an 18-year major league career, has died Tuesday morning, Oct. 16, 2012, in Weston, Mass. He was 86. Yost led the AL in walks six times, including a career-high 151 in 1956. (AP Photo/HWG, File)

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.

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