The Atlanta Braves honored Bobby Cox, an East Cobb resident, on August 12 by inducting him into the Braves Hall of Fame retiring his uniform number. The induction took place at the Braves Hall of Fame Luncheon at the Omni Hotel at the CNN Center during the day and the uniform number retirement occured in a pre-game ceremony later that night before the Braves took on the Chicago Cubs.
Cox’s #6 was the eighth Braves uniform number to be retired, joining Hank Aaron (44), Eddie Mathews (41), Dale Murphy (3), Phil Niekro (35), Warren Spahn (21), and Greg Maddux (31), and Tom Glavine (47). The Braves also retired the number 42 along with all teams in Major League Baseball to honor Jackie Robinson.
Cox joined Hank Aaron, Bill Bartholomay, Lew Burdette, Skip Caray, Del Crandall, Ralph Garr, Tom Glavine, Tommy Holmes, Ernie Johnson, David Justice, Herman Long, Bill Lucas, Greg Maddux, Eddie Mathews, Dale Murphy, Kid Nichols, Phil Niekro, John Sain, Paul Snyder, Warren Spahn, Ted Turner, and Pete Van Wieren in the Braves Hall of Fame.
Bobby Cox is a former Major League Baseball third baseman and manager. He first led the Atlanta Braves from 1978 to 1981, and then managed the Toronto Blue Jays from 1982 to 1985. He later rejoined the Braves in 1985 as a general manager. He moved back to the manager’s role during the 1990 season and stayed there until his retirement following the 2010 season. He led the Atlanta Braves to the World Series championship in 1995. Bobby holds the all-time record for ejections in Major League Baseball with 158, a record previously held by John McGraw. He ranks fourth on the Baseball All-time Managerial Wins list.
(Reprinted from the September 2011 issue of EAST COBBER.)