Note: This page links to longtime major league manager Bobby Cox. For the college coach, click here.
Robert Joe Cox
- Bats Right, Throws Right
- Height 5' 11", Weight 180 lb.
- School Reedley College
- High School Selma (CA) High School
- Debut April 14, 1968
- Final Game October 1, 1969
- Born May 21, 1941 in Tulsa, OK USA
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.
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 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.
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.
- 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
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Year-By-Year Managerial Record
- 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.