Date and Place of Birth: October 13, 1926 Brooklyn, New York
Position: Third Base
Military Unit: US Navy
Area Served: United States
Edward F J “Eddie” Yost was
born on October 13, 1926 in
Without playing a game in the minor leagues and still just 17 years old, Yost made his major league debut with the Senators on August 16, 1944. He appeared in seven games before the season concluded getting two hits in 14 at-bats (.143).
Yost entered military
service with the Navy on January 26, 1945 and was stationed at
Sampson Naval Training Station,
When Yost returned from
military service on July 23, 1946, he asked baseball commissioner
Happy Chandler for exemption from the rule that every returning war
veteran must be retained by his former team for two years because it
stood in the way of him developing his skills in the minors. But
He played just eight games
during the tail end of 1946 but became the Senators starting third
baseman in 1947 – a position he retained through 1958. During that
time Yost led the American League in base on balls on four
occasions, led the league in doubles in 1951 with 36, and was an
all-star in 1952 .
He was traded to the Tigers in 1959 where he played two seasons before joining the Los Angeles Angels in 1961, where he ended his career the following season.
After 18 seasons in the
major leagues in which he played 2,109 games and batted .254, Yost
was a coach with the Angels, Senators, Giants and Red Sox from 1962
to 1984. In 1963 he was manager with
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