RIP: Eddie Yost

Eddie Yost, the American League’s original “Walking Man,” has died. He was 86 years old.

I don’t know how many of you are baseball fans, but I was brought up on baseball and all those players from that era are pieces of my past. As John Donne once wrote, “If a clod be washed away, Europe is the less.”

Eddie was unique in his ability to draw walks. It was extremely hard to beat out Ted Williams for the league lead in walks, but Eddie did it six times! And it was without being a batting champion or a home run hitter–pitchers had no pressing reason to be afraid of him, so he did it all with his eye.

I hope he walked right into Heaven.

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