LAKE BUENA VISTA, Fla. – The Braves will retire former manager Bobby Cox’s No. 6 jersey and induct him into the Braves Hall of Fame on Friday Aug. 12, which they are dubbing “Bobby Cox Day,” the team announced on Tuesday.
Cox will be honored in a luncheon that afternoon and his jersey will be retired that night before the Braves play the Chicago Cubs.
“I’m honored, I’m humbled,” Cox said Tuesday. “I honestly don’t know if I belong up there with those numbers.”
Cox’s number will be retired along the left field façade at Turner Field along with those of his former players Greg Maddux (31), Tom Glavine (47), Dale Murphy (3) and Phil Niekro (35). It will be the eighth number retired by the Braves organization, including Hank Aaron (44), Eddie Mathews (41), Warren Spahn (21). Jackie Robinson’s No. 42 is also retired, as with all major league teams.
“Bobby Cox exemplifies the Braves organization,” Braves president John Schuerholz said in a statement. “Inducting him into our Hall of Fame and retiring his legendary number 6 is fitting recognition for a man who has done so much for our organization, our great game, and the city of Atlanta.”
Cox retired after last season after 25 years as Braves manager. His 2,504 wins, including 355 in a four-year stint with Toronto, ranks fourth on the all-time managerial list.
“I’m excited and I look forward to it,” said Cox, who has spent spring training in Braves camp observing in his new role as team consultant. “I’ve had a pretty charmed career. I’m lucky I landed with the Braves organization.”