With seventy former players and coaches sitting on the infield on October 2, 2010. They were clad in white Braves jerseys in attendance in front of a sell-out crowd, Atlanta honors Bobby Cox with a pre-game ceremony.
The Braves’ longtime manager, who will remain with the team as a consultant, is given a 2010 Lexus LS460 from the team and an 11-night cruise from his current players during the moving tribute at Turner Field.
It was a sun-splashed afternoon in front of the largest regular season crowd (54,296) in Atlanta, a pregame tribute included dozens of former Braves players, current players, team officials, friends and family on the field for the ceremony.
Speakers included team president John Schuerholz and veteran 3rd baseman Chipper Jones, before Cox took the podium at the end. (click above to listen to Schuerholz, Jones, and Cox from the ceremony)
Among the former players in attendance: pitchers Tom Glavine, John Smoltz, Greg Maddux, first baseman Fred McGriff, outfielder David Justice, among dozens more.
Bobby Cox managed 29 years in the major leagues, including 25 in Atlanta. His 2,503 all-time victories rank him fourth on the all-time manager’s list in baseball (behind active manager Tony LaRussa, and Hall of Famers John McGraw and Connie Mack).
Cox is tied for third with Al Lopez and Earl Weaver for the most consecutive winning seasons by a major league manager with 15. He’s second, behind Joe Torre, in all-time postseason wins with 66.
Cox oversaw the Braves’ great run of success from 1991-2005 with 14 consecutive division titles, 5 National League pennants, and a World Series championship in 1995.
Finishing the season with a 91–71 record, the Braves won the NL Wild Card, only to be eliminated in the NLDS by the San Francisco Giants in four games.