Eddie Joost

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Edwin David Joost

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Biographical Information[edit]

Eddie Joost played 17 years in the majors. Although his batting average was low, he drew copious walks and thus had an outstanding on-base percentage. He also had some power, hitting 134 homers in his career. Playing primarily shortstop, he showed above-average range.

He walked over 100 times six separate seasons. Although Joost never led the league in walks, he was second three different times. In 1949 he led the league in strikeouts while finishing fourth in the league in walks - and hit .206. Although his batting average that year was 50 points below the league average, his on-base percentage was 15 points over the league average.

Joost's career was almost exactly contemporaneous to that of Phil Cavarretta. Joost played from 1936-1955, while Cavarretta played from 1934-1955. Both managed in the 1950s for a bit.

He is not to be confused with another player of a similar name, Eddie Yost, who also drew over 1,000 walks. Their careers overlapped, both had some power, and both played many years in the American League as infielders. In 1952, Yost was first in the league in walks, and Joost was second. Both were briefly American League managers. The two are not, however, on each other's similarity scores lists.

Joost started in pro ball at a young age with the San Francisco Missions in 1933. He said he learned a lot from manager Willie Kamm. He was with Syracuse in 1937 and Kansas City in 1938. He found power around the end of World War II while playing for Rochester. In the 1950s, he managed the San Francisco Seals for half a season. After baseball he spent ten years in Honolulu, HI working for Wilson Sporting Goods. He died near Sacramento, CA in 2011, at age 94.

Source: Baseball Digest article, June 1, 2002.

Notable Achievements[edit]

  • 2-time AL All-Star (1949 & 1952)
  • 20-Home Run Seasons: 2 (1949 & 1952)
  • 100 Runs Scored Seasons: 2 (1949 & 1951)
  • Won a World Series with the Cincinnati Reds in 1940

Preceded by
Jimmie Dykes
Philadelphia Athletics Manager
Succeeded by
Lou Boudreau

Year-By-Year Managerial Record[edit]

Year Team League Record Finish Organization Playoffs Notes
1954 Philadelphia Athletics American League 51-103 8th Philadelphia Athletics
1956 San Francisco Seals Pacific Coast League 44-59 -- Boston Red Sox replaced by Joe Gordon on July 9

Further Reading[edit]

  • Bill Nowlin: "Eddie Joost", in Bill Nowlin, ed.: Van Lingle Mungo: The Man, The Song, The Players, SABR, Phoenix, AZ, 2014, pp. 23-27. ISBN 978-1-933599-76-2

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