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Eddie Yost Dies, Baseball’s “Walking Man”

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Eddie Yost (Courtesy Bowman)

Eddie Yost (Courtesy Bowman)

BOSTON (AP) _ 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.

(Copyright 2012 by The Associated Press.  All Rights Reserved.)

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