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Robert Joe Cox

Inducted into Hall of Fame in 2014

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[edit] Biographical Information

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Bobby Cox played two seasons as a third baseman with the New York Yankees and was named to the 1968 Topps All-Star Rookie Team. After bad knees ended his playing career at age 30, he became an extremely successful manager. Some consider him to be among the greatest managers of all time.

He was signed by the Los Angeles Dodgers for a $40,000 bonus, and spent seven years in the minors with them. He spent the 1967 season with the Atlanta Braves' AAA farm club in Richmond.

With the Yankees in 1968, he replaced Charley Smith, the 1967 third baseman. People have disparaged Cox's .229 batting average that year, but it was the heart of the second dead-ball era and his average was actually 15 points higher than the team average of .214. In 1969, the team average went up to .235, while Cox went down to .215. Jerry Kenney became the regular third baseman.

After his major league playing career, Cox played one season for the Syracuse Chiefs and was a player-manager for the Single A Ft. Lauderdale Yankees in 1971 (even appearing in 3 games as a pitcher). He then managed one year in Double A and four years in Triple A before coming to the majors as a coach. Cox was a member of the New York Yankees coaching staff in 1977.

He managed the Atlanta Braves from 1978 to 1981, and led the Toronto Blue Jays from 1982 to 1985, winning a division title in his final season with the Jays.

He rejoined the Braves as General Manager after the 1985 season and returned to managing the Braves in 1990. In 1991, his first full season back at the club's helm, he turned the Braves from a last place club into a pennant winner. He led the Braves to a World Series championship in 1995, five National League pennants, and fifteen division titles. From 1991 to 2005, he and the Braves did not miss a single postseason. Cox managed his last season in 2010, returning his team to the postseason as the National League wild card. On August 12, 2011, the Braves retired his uniform number 6.

He was elected to the Hall of Fame by the Veterans Committee on December 9, 2013 and will be inducted in 2014. Contemporary managers Joe Torre and Tony LaRussa were also elected on the same ballot, all three by unanimous vote, and three players were to join them, including Cox's two pitching aces with the Braves, Greg Maddux and Tom Glavine, as well as slugger Frank Thomas. The large class was inducted in Cooperstown, NY on July 27, 2014.

Cox' nephew, Joe Xavier, played minor league baseball.

[edit] Miscellany

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Cox holds the records for most postseason appearances (16) and division titles (15).

He won four Manager of the Year Awards.

On August 14, 2007, Cox broke John McGraw's record for the most ejections in major league history, with 132. As 14 of McGraw's ejections came as a player, Cox had held the ejections-as-manager record outright prior to this point. Umpire Ted Barrett issued the 132nd ejection. He finished his managing career with 159 ejections.

Cox holds the record for the most birthday wins by a manager: he is 17-6 through April 14, 2008. Second are Al Lopez (14-3) and Joe McCarthy (14-4).

[edit] Notable Achievements

  • 1968 Topps All-Star Rookie Team
  • 4-time Manager of the Year Award (1985, 1991, 2004 & 2005)
  • Division Titles: 15 (1985, 1991-1993 & 1995-2005)
  • Other Postseason Appearances: 1 (2010 Wild Card)
  • NL Pennants: 5 (1991, 1992, 1995, 1996 & 1999)
  • Managed one World Series Champion with the Atlanta Braves in 1995
  • 100 Wins Seasons as Manager: 6 (1993, 1997-1999, 2002 & 2003)
  • Baseball Hall of Fame: Class of 2014


Preceded by
Dave Bristol
Atlanta Braves Manager
1978-1981
Succeeded by
Joe Torre
Preceded by
Bobby Mattick
Toronto Blue Jays Manager
1982-1985
Succeeded by
Jimy Williams
Preceded by
John Mullen
Atlanta Braves General Manager
1986-1990
Succeeded by
John Schuerholz
Preceded by
Russ Nixon
Atlanta Braves Manager
1990-2010
Succeeded by
Fredi Gonzalez

[edit] Year-By-Year Managerial Record

Year Team League Record Finish Organization Playoffs Notes
1971 Ft. Lauderdale Yankees Florida State League 71-70 4th New York Yankees
1972 West Haven Yankees Eastern League 84-56 1st New York Yankees League Champs
1973 Syracuse Chiefs International League 76-70 3rd New York Yankees
1974 Syracuse Chiefs International League 74-70 2nd New York Yankees
1975 Syracuse Chiefs International League 72-64 3rd New York Yankees
1976 Syracuse Chiefs International League 82-57 2nd New York Yankees League Champs
1978 Atlanta Braves National League 69-93 6th Atlanta Braves
1979 Atlanta Braves National League 66-94 6th Atlanta Braves
1980 Atlanta Braves National League 81-80 4th Atlanta Braves
1981 Atlanta Braves National League 50-56 5th Atlanta Braves
1982 Toronto Blue Jays American League 78-84 6th (t) Toronto Blue Jays
1983 Toronto Blue Jays American League 89-73 4th Toronto Blue Jays
1984 Toronto Blue Jays American League 89-73 2nd Toronto Blue Jays
1985 Toronto Blue Jays American League 99-62 1st Toronto Blue Jays Lost ALCS
1990 Atlanta Braves National League 40-57 6th Atlanta Braves replaced Russ Nixon (25-40) on June 22
1991 Atlanta Braves National League 94-68 1st Atlanta Braves Lost World Series
1992 Atlanta Braves National League 98-64 1st Atlanta Braves Lost World Series
1993 Atlanta Braves National League 104-58 1st Atlanta Braves Lost NLCS
1994 Atlanta Braves National League 68-46 2nd Atlanta Braves Postseason cancelled
1995 Atlanta Braves National League 90-54 1st Atlanta Braves World Series Champs
1996 Atlanta Braves National League 96-66 1st Atlanta Braves Lost World Series
1997 Atlanta Braves National League 101-61 1st Atlanta Braves Lost NLCS
1998 Atlanta Braves National League 106-56 1st Atlanta Braves Lost NLCS
1999 Atlanta Braves National League 103-59 1st Atlanta Braves Lost World Series
2000 Atlanta Braves National League 95-67 1st Atlanta Braves Lost NLDS
2001 Atlanta Braves National League 88-74 1st Atlanta Braves Lost NLCS
2002 Atlanta Braves National League 101-59 1st Atlanta Braves Lost NLDS
2003 Atlanta Braves National League 101-61 1st Atlanta Braves Lost NLDS
2004 Atlanta Braves National League 96-66 1st Atlanta Braves Lost NLDS
2005 Atlanta Braves National League 90-72 1st Atlanta Braves Lost NLDS
2006 Atlanta Braves National League 79-83 3rd Atlanta Braves
2007 Atlanta Braves National League 84-78 3rd Atlanta Braves
2008 Atlanta Braves National League 72-90 4th Atlanta Braves
2009 Atlanta Braves National League 86-76 3rd Atlanta Braves
2010 Atlanta Braves National League 91-71 2nd Atlanta Braves Lost NLDS

[edit] Further Reading

  • Mark Bowman: "

Cox grateful to enter Hall of Fame with Braves aces: Skipper of dominant Atlanta clubs of '90s, '00s, credits many for success", mlb.com, July 27, 2014. [1]

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