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Eddie Yost
Third baseman
Born: October 13, 1926 (1926-10-13) (age 83)
Brooklyn, New York
Batted: Right Threw: Right 
MLB debut
August 16, 1944 for the Washington Senators
Last MLB appearance
July 28, 1962 for the Los Angeles Angels
Career statistics
Batting average     .254
Home runs     139
Runs batted in     683
Career highlights and awards

Edward Frederick Joseph Yost (born October 13, 1926 in Brooklyn, New York City, New York) is a former third baseman and longtime coach in Major League Baseball. Yost batted and threw right-handed.

Yost attended New York University.[1][2] He was signed by the Washington Senators as an amateur free agent in 1944 and made his Major League debut for the Senators on August 16, 1944, at the age of 17. He never played in the minor leagues.[3] During his career, he batted .254 with 139 home runs in 2,109 games.

Yost was nicknamed the "Walking Man" for the numerous bases on balls he drew. He led the American League in the category on six different occasions and logged 1,614 over his 18-year career. He is ranked 11th on the all-time walks list.



He played the bulk of his career (1944-1958) with the "original" Washington Senators. On December 6, 1958, Yost was traded to the Detroit Tigers allowing the Senators to make room for rising third baseman Harmon Killebrew.

Yost then spent two seasons (1959–60) with the Detroit Tigers and two (1961–62) with the Los Angeles Angels. While with the Angels during their inaugural season, Yost earned the distinction of being the first Angels player to appear in a major league game,[4] leading off in the team's first game, played at Baltimore on April 11, 1961.

Yost was rated as the 24th best 3rd baseman of all time in the Bill James Historical Baseball Abstract.

After a brief stint as a playing coach with the 1962 Angels, Yost returned to Washington as the third-base coach of the second Senators franchise, under his old teammate, manager Mickey Vernon. When Vernon was replaced by Gil Hodges, Yost briefly served as interim manager,[5] losing his only game as manager.[6] Yost then continued on Hodges' Washington staff through 1967. When Hodges became manager of the New York Mets in 1968, he took Yost with him to New York. Yost was the Mets' third-base coach from 1968 to 1976. He then continued his coaching career with the Boston Red Sox, coaching third in Boston from 1977 to 1984.

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Preceded by
George Case
Washington Senators third-base coach
Succeeded by
Bobby Hofman
Preceded by
Mickey Vernon
Washington Senators Managers
Succeeded by
Gil Hodges
Preceded by
Salty Parker
New York Mets third-base coach
Succeeded by
Tom Burgess
Preceded by
Eddie Popowski
Boston Red Sox third-base coach
Succeeded by
Rene Lachemann


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