Eddie Yost, who served as third base coach for the 1969 “Miracle Mets,” died last week at age 86.
The Associated Press quoted a Boston Red Sox statement saying that Yost passed away in Weston, Mass. on Oct. 16. He was born in Brooklyn, grew up in Ozone Park and attended John Adams High School.
The Mets’ press office did not respond to messages seeking comment.
Yost came to the Mets along with manager Gil Hodges in 1968. He had been serving as third base coach for the Washington Senators under Hodges when the Mets made a trade for Hodges.
He stayed on after Hodges’ death in spring training in 1972, serving through 1976 under managers Yogi Berra, Roy McMillan and Joe Frazier.
Yost played in the major leagues from 1944 to 1962, primarily as a third baseman with the Senators. He also played for the Detroit Tigers and California Angels, and coached for the Red Sox.
He was nicknamed “The Walking Man” for his keen eye at the plate. Published sources state his 1,614 career walks still ranks as the 11th highest of all time.