Playing parts of two seasons as a third baseman for the New York Yankees in 1968 and 1969, Bobby Cox took over the reigns of the Atlanta Braves in 1978. He would manage the Braves to little success until the end of the 1981 season when he would move over to the American League and head the Toronto Blue Jays, whom he led to a first place finish in 1985. After taking a 3-1 lead in the American League Championship Series, the Blue Jays would lose three straight to eventual World Champions, the Kansas City Royals. Cox would return to the Braves in 1986 as general manager and would appoint himself manager of the team in 1990. 1991 saw him begin a period of sustained excellence unparalleled by any other manager in history. Anchored by the pitching of Tom Glavine, Greg Maddux and John Smoltz, his Braves would take their division fourteen of the next fifteen years, including eleven years in a row. During that era the Braves would win one World Series in 1995 and the pennant four more times. His 2504 managerial wins ranks fourth all-time.
Cox was an eager participant in The Hall Ball. When handed the ball and told of the project, he happily exclaimed, “Well then, let’s get it done.”
March 15, 2014
Garden City, NY