Former Angels player Eddie Yost, nicknamed “The Walking Man” because of the many base on balls he drew, died in Weston, Mass., on Tuesday. He was 86.
Primarily a third baseman, 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 retired in 1962 after two seasons with the Angels.
Yost led the league in walks six times, and in on-base percentage twice. His career on-base percentage of .394 is 85th best in major league history and is better than such notables as Rod Carew and Joe Morgan.
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.