Now retired from his legendary managerial career, Cox will have an opportunity to relax and soak in all of the appreciation the Braves and fans will show him on Aug. 12, when he will be inducted into the Braves Hall of Fame and given the grand honor of seeing his No. 6 jersey retired.
“It’s wonderful,” Cox said on Tuesday morning. “I’m excited and humbled yet again.”
The induction will take place during an afternoon luncheon, and his number will be retired during an on-field ceremony before that evening’s game against the Cubs.
“Bobby Cox exemplifies the Braves organization,” team president John Schuerholz said in a 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.”
Cox will be the eighth member of the organization to have his number retired, joining Hank Aaron (44), Eddie Mathews (41), Warren Spahn (21), Phil Niekro (35), Dale Murphy (3), Greg Maddux (31) and Tom Glavine (47).
“This is a great way to go out,” Cox said. “I’m still getting used to being retired. Being around [Spring Training] this year has been great.”
Now a consultant to the Braves, Cox has been with the club at Spring Training since new manager Fredi Gonzalez opened camp in February. He has attended every home game and many of the workouts, but he has also made every attempt to stay behind the scenes.
While the Braves played the Mets in Port St. Lucie, Fla., on Monday, Cox was near his Disney-area Spring Training residence listening to the game.
“I’m still cheering the Atlanta Braves on every day,” he said.
Cox retired in October with 2,504 wins -- the fourth-most in Major League history. The 69-year-old skipper spent 25 of his 29 managerial seasons with the Braves. While serving as the club’s general manager from 1986-90, he reshaped the Minor League system and planted the seeds for the success that fans have enjoyed over the past 20 years.
This year marks the 20th anniversary of when Cox led the 1991 team to the first of 14 consecutive division titles and to within one victory of winning an epic World Series battle against the Twins. Under his direction, the Braves won five National League pennants and one World Series (1995).