Baseball’s Eddie Yost passed away Tuesday morning (Oct. 16) in Weston, Mass., the Boston Red Sox tell the AP. There are no details yet on the cause of death. Yost was 86.
In his 18-year career as a third baseman, Yost played for 14 seasons for the original Washington Senators, then finished out his career in the 1960s with the Detroit Tigers and Los Angeles Angels. He was known as “The Walking Man” because his talent for drawing bases on balls. His total of 1614 walks still ranks 11th all-time in major league baseball.
Yost was named an All-Star in 1952. His career batting average was only .254, but because of his penchant for drawing walks, his on-base percentage was nearly .400. After his playing days, Yost worked as a third base coach for the Red Sox, Mets and Senators. The Red Sox say Yost is survived by his daughters Felita and Alexis and son Mike.