Bobby Cox entering Braves' Hall of Fame
National League club will also retire former manager's No. 6 on Aug. 12
The Atlanta Braves will honour Bobby Cox this summer for his 25 successful seasons in the manager's role.
The 69-year-old retired skipper will be inducted into the Braves Hall of Fame on Aug. 12, with his No. 6 retired during an on-field ceremony prior to that evening's game against the Chicago Cubs.
"It's wonderful. I'm excited and humbled yet again," the one-time Toronto Blue Jays manager told reporters Tuesday from Atlanta's spring training site in Lake Buena Vista, Fla.
Cox, who ranks fourth all-time with 2,503 wins — trailing only Connie Mack, John McGraw and active manager Tony La Russa of the St. Louis Cardinals — was recognized last Oct. 2 before the Braves squared off against Philadelphia with two games left in the regular season.
"Bobby Cox exemplifies the Braves organization," team president John Schuerholz said in a news release. "Inducting him into our Hall of Fame and retiring his legendary No. 6 is fitting recognition for a man who has done so much for our organization, our great game and the city of Atlanta."
The organization has also retired the numbers of Hank Aaron (No. 44), Eddie Mathews (41), Warren Spahn (21), Phil Niekro (35), Dale Murphy (3), Greg Maddux (31) and Tom Glavine (47).
Cox continues to cheer on the Braves as a consultant to the team. He lives in the Disney area and has been with the club at spring training since February.
Cox managed in Atlanta from 1978-81 before four years as Toronto's manager, a stint that included leading the Blue Jays to the American League East title in 1985.
Fired in '81, he returned to the Braves' dugout for a second stint in 1990 after reshaping the team's minor league system in his role as general manager that began in 1986.
The Braves' run of 14 consecutive division titles began in 1991 and included the '95 World Series title. Under Cox, they won five NL pennants.
On that sunny Saturday afternoon last October before thousands of fans and about 70 former players and coaches, longtime Braves infielder Chipper Jones called Cox "the greatest manager any of us will know."