Bobby Cox played with Mickey Mantle. They were both from Oklahoma. I wish I could have played with Mickey. How cool that would have been? I am thinking he learned some stuff from that. It was Mickey’s last season as a Yankee.
He also played with Clete Boyer and Graig Nettles. That was on the Yankees in 1967. He played there two seasons after being traded from the Dodgers (he never actually played for them). He mostly played third base. He had bad knees though. After the Yankees, he was acquired by the Braves. He never actually ended up playing for them though.
And so, he was destined to be a coach.