Eddie Yost Dies, Baseball World Mourns Former Third Baseman

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By Emma Koonse, Christian Post Reporter
October 18, 2012|9:17 am

Longtime Washington Senators third baseman Eddie Yost died at age 86 Tuesday.

While the majority of his 18-year Major League Baseball career took place with the Senators, Yost also played for the Detroit Tigers and the Los Angeles Angels before retiring.

Yost died just three days after his 86th birthday in Weston, Mass., but no cause of death was announced, according to the Boston Red Sox.

His career began in 1944 when Yost signed with the Senators as a free agent. One year later, he served in the U.S. Navy before returning to the Senators in 1946.

After 14 seasons with the Senators, Yost was traded to the Tigers, where he spent two seasons before being selected by the L.A. Angels. His last game was in 1962.

The All-Star athlete, who batted and threw right-handed, was nicknamed "The Walking Man" because his penchant for drawing bases on balls.

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During his era, the Brooklyn, New York native was considered one of the best lead off men and third basemen.

Following his playing days, Yost went on to coach for the Boston Red Sox, New York Mets, as well as the Washington Senators.

Yost's fans have taken to social media outlets with their grief over his death on Thursday.

Mets player Jim Flaherty posted to Twitter: "The 1st 3rd base coach I ever heard mentioned on TV by Lindsey,Ralph&Bob Eddie Yost, Baseball's Walking Man, dies at 86."

Jen wrote, "RIP Eddie Yost. I had the privilege to meet him years ago, when I worked with his daughter- such a sweet, kind man."

"RIP Eddie Yost," Tim McGhee, founder and principal of MSP Sports, posted to Twitter. "A coach for my beloved 1969 Mets."

Yost leaves behind his daughters, Felita and Alexis, and son Mike, according to the Red Sox.

 

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