Now here was a deal. Billy Cowan was traded by the Braves to the Chicago Cubs for future Braves manager Bobby Cox and cash on April 28, 1966.
As a player, Cox originally signed with the Los Angeles Dodgers, but was never able to make the Dodgers’ major league team. Eventually he was acquired by the Braves, but never appeared in an MLB game for them either. Instead, he was traded to the New York Yankees on December 7, 1967.
Cox played two seasons, mostly at third base, for the Yankees. Because of bad knees, Cox became the second in a string of four stopgap players between Clete Boyer and Graig Nettles.