Eddie Yost, nicknamed 'the Walking Man' drew 1,614 base on balls during his 18 years as a major league player. Only six players in all of baseball's history walked more times. His life-time batting average was only .254 but his on-base-pct, .- 395 ranks with baseball's finest hitters. Eddie Yost attended New York University and went directly to the Washington Senators in 1944, played only seven games and was drafted by the Military during World War II. In 1947, he became the Senators' regular third baseman and lead-off hitter. Eddie Yost played 838 consecutive games (1949-1955), the 8th longest streak in major league baseball history. He led the AL in walks six times, drawing more than 150 and 140 once each.
Every year from 1946-1960 the AL leader in walks was either Ted Williams, Mickey Mantle or Eddie Yost. In 1959, Yost hit six lead-off homers and ranks 4th in history in lead-off HR's with 28. Possessed with average speed, he stole 72 career bases but was regarded as the best fielding 3rd baseman of his time. Yost led all major leaguer 3rd baseman in putouts a record 8 times and his carrer total ranks third all-time. Eddie Yost played the majority of his games for losing teams but still managed to score 1215 career runs. In his long career, Eddie hit 337 D, 56 T, 139 HR's, 1614 walks. Yost is one of only seven major leaguers to record more walks in a season than hits. Nine times he had an on-base-pct over .400 with the high being .440 in 1950. "The Walking Man", Eddie Yost's, life-time on-base-pct was .395. Baseball History