The world has bid farewell to the baseball legend Eddie Yost – affectionately named Walking Man – as he died on Tuesday at the grand old age of 86.
Yost’s ability to collect bases on balls during a distinguished career, which saw him turn out the three different sides, earned him the nickname Walking Man. He led the American League in walks in six of the 18 years of his professional playing career, including 1950, 1952, 1953, 1956, 1959 and 1960, MLB.com said. Yost retired from playing in 1962, and then spent more than two decades as a coach with the Senators, Boston Red Sox and New York Mets. He earned a World Series ring as the Mets' third-base coach in 1969, the season that earned the team the name the "Miracle Mets."
He’s still up there in the MLB hall of fame: he drew 1,614 walks — a total that still ranks 11th all-time. Baseball sabermetrician Bill James ranked Yost as the 24th best third baseman of all time in his Historical Baseball Abstract. Yost is survived by his daughters, Felita and Alexis, and son Mike. “Those pitchers aren’t walking me because they feel friendly toward me,” Mr. Yost told The Washington Post in 1953. “The opposite is more true. They’re careful not to lay them up there for me. They pitch to me like I’m a .400 hitter.”