Braves to retire Cox’s No. 6 on Aug. 12

Bobby Cox will have his No. 6 jersey retired on Aug. 12, the same day the iconic former Braves manager will be inducted into the team’s Hall of Fame.

Cox, who retired after the 2010 season, will be inducted into the Braves Hall of Fame during an Aug. 12 luncheon and have his jersey retired during a ceremony before that night’s game against the Chicago Cubs at Turner Field.

“Bobby Cox exemplifies the Braves organization,” said Braves president John Schuerholz, who served as the team’s general manager for much of Cox’s tenure as manager. “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’s No. 6 will be the eighth Braves uniform number retired, joining those of Hank Aaron (44), Eddie Mathews (41), Dale Murphy (3), Phil Niekro (35), Warren Spahn (21), Greg Maddux (31), and Tom Glavine (47). All major league teams also retired the number 42 to honor Jackie Robinson.

In 29 seasons as a major league manager, including 25 seasons in two stints with the Braves, Cox compiled the fourth-most wins (2,504) in major league history.

The Braves had a 91-71 record and won the National League wild-card playoff berth in 2010. Cox’s 15th season with at least 90 wins tied Joe McCarthy for second on the all-time list, one behind John McGraw.

Cox’s teams won 15 division titles, including 14 in a row with the Braves through 2005. The Braves won five NL pennants and one World Series (1995) during that streak.

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Wyoming

March 22nd, 2011
10:27 am

Congratulations Bobby! Time to get me a #6 Jersey!

NC Brave

March 22nd, 2011
10:34 am

Didn’t Carroll already post this?

Fish Bisch

March 22nd, 2011
10:38 am

Double Post!

dawglasville

March 22nd, 2011
10:53 am

Bobby has given us the only consistent winner this city has ever had. Many thanks to him. Fratello probably had the second best run and that is a distant second.

Brian

March 22nd, 2011
12:01 pm

While this is certainly a great and well deserved honor, I hope that the Braves will retire John Smoltz’s #29 first. It would be weird to have #29, #6, #47, and #31 from left to right in left field. It’s only fitting to put Smoltz, Glavine and Maddux together.

John

March 22nd, 2011
12:50 pm

I’ve always wondered why the Braves retired Spann’s jersey since he never played in Atlanta. If they want to retire the jerseys of Milwaukee or Boston Braves players that’s fine, but there are number of those who should be included.

Boston Braves

March 22nd, 2011
12:51 pm

When is Smoltzie’s # 29 going up?

al

March 22nd, 2011
12:57 pm

Congrats BC!

JC from DR!

March 22nd, 2011
1:01 pm

dawglasville – I thought it was Ted Turner…

dawglasville

March 22nd, 2011
1:07 pm

JC from DR! I love Ted too. I wish he still owned the Braves and the Hawks. Bobby was the only manager that made it work. I know Torre had one year and then they sold the farm. I believe that Bobby was the only manager who knew how important it was to have a strong farm system and I believe he had a strong say in that part of the operation as well.

Who else?

March 22nd, 2011
1:42 pm

Wore #6 since the Braves have been in Atlanta? I can’t recall any but I’m sure someone did.

I agree with the Smoltz,Glavine,Maddux # retirements. Put’em all up there at once!

Trojan

March 22nd, 2011
1:57 pm

Why no game discussion?

ATLfan15

March 22nd, 2011
1:57 pm

on a Friday evening?! not a good idea. i predict the Braves will move this ceremony to Sat, Aug 13th…or at least they should.

Braves82

March 22nd, 2011
1:59 pm

Smoltz has officially retired yet, but you can bet once he does his number 29 will be right up there where it belongs!

Braves82

March 22nd, 2011
2:00 pm

make that hasn’t officially retired.

Justafan

March 22nd, 2011
2:00 pm

No one deserves it more…. What a heluva ride.

Jesse Stone

March 22nd, 2011
2:16 pm

Trojan- no game

vermont 39

March 22nd, 2011
2:27 pm

EXCELLENT news!!!

Peter

March 22nd, 2011
2:38 pm

I think when it is all said and done the number’s should read like this: 6, 10, 29, 47, 31, 3, 35, 44, 41, 21, 42

Abnerish

March 22nd, 2011
3:01 pm

I always thought that #42 was for the immortal Rick Mahler!! :)

GermanBravesFan

March 22nd, 2011
3:05 pm

Latest news: “David O’Brian retired Robert from his Blog…”

jim

March 22nd, 2011
3:24 pm

I thought Robert might be approached to introduce Bobby at the luncheon.

jim

March 22nd, 2011
3:32 pm

Braves Hall of Fame != Number retired. No Lew Burdett nor Del Crandall numbers retired. (A good case could be made for Burdett — hero of the ‘57 WS and along with Spahn one of the pair with the second most wins ever as part of the same team. I think only Eddie Plank and Rube Waddell from the Jurassic age of baseball won more together for the same team.)

phil

March 22nd, 2011
3:36 pm

Rick Mahler….lol at the memory. May he rest in peace…

certainly KK’s number should also be retired….and that of Pepe Frias….

masivatack

March 22nd, 2011
3:49 pm

After our historic run, we may not have any numbers left… Not bad!

jim

March 22nd, 2011
4:04 pm

Rick Mahler may have been an average pitcher for the rest of the year, but as an opening day starter, there is none better.

wjones

March 22nd, 2011
4:05 pm

Two of life’s greatest mysteries:

John Smoltz, hard throwing right-hander, is not currently on a major league roster, is pretty much a full-time broadcaster, but has never formally retired.

Billy Wagner, hard throwing left-hander, announced his retirement in the middle of a wonderful season, had a season/career ending injury during the playoffs, and has reiterated several times that he is not coming back. Yet he remains on the Braves 40 man roster.

jim

March 22nd, 2011
4:12 pm

My top 10 all-time Braves:
1. Hank Aaron
2. Warren Spahn
3. Greg Maddux
4. Chipper Jones
5. Eddie Matthews
6. John Smoltz
7. Tom Glavine
8. Lew Burdett
9. Phil Neikro
10.Dale Murphy
Honorable Mention — Fred McGriff, Andruw Jones, Tim Hudson, Brian McCann, Johnny Logan, Johnny Sain

(I am old, but not so old that I can include the likes of Kid Nichols on this list)

jbailz23

March 22nd, 2011
4:24 pm

DOB – Congrats to Bobby are due for everything he’s done for the Braves and MLB in general.
I will be heading to my first MLB game in June when the Braves meet the Dodgers in LA. I’m looking to get a chance to meet/talk to as many guys as I can, I assume you won’t be there but if you are I’d love the chance to meet you. Do you have any advice on the best way to get a chance to meet players or even just get some autographs? Thanks in advance!

phil

March 22nd, 2011
4:28 pm

What a great list, Jim.

wjones – yes, strange on those 2 but they’re old and toast i suppose so what does it matter….

jbailz23

March 22nd, 2011
4:30 pm

McCann will be higher on that list by the time all is said and done. He’s a great guy!

bbkorbel

March 22nd, 2011
4:33 pm

Thank goodness Robert is blogging on the duplicate (other) #6 post!

dawglasville

March 22nd, 2011
4:35 pm

jbailz23 I agree with Mc. He will be in the Hall one day.

NativeGeorgian73

March 22nd, 2011
5:23 pm

@Who else – Third baseman Randy Johnson wore number 6 in the ‘83 season (replaced Bob horner after a season ending wrist injury)

Robert

March 22nd, 2011
5:31 pm

“1. Hank Aaron
2. Warren Spahn
3. Greg Maddux
4. Chipper Jones
5. Eddie Matthews
6. John Smoltz
7. Tom Glavine
8. Lew Burdett
9. Phil Neikro
10.Dale Murphy”

Hard to argue with that list. Personally, Chipper would be more in the 8-10 spot than 4th, and I’d have Maddux second, but thats minor stuff

Marty "Taco" Perez

March 22nd, 2011
5:38 pm

I think Marty Perez deserves at least a mention here……….just sayin

Nacho daddy

March 22nd, 2011
5:39 pm

Retire ‘Homer’

Robert

March 22nd, 2011
5:41 pm

” think Marty Perez deserves at least a mention here……….just sayin”

He’s on the list – just ahead of Rowland Office

Marty "Taco" Perez

March 22nd, 2011
6:10 pm

Dude batted around .250…………had a good glove…………He was one of my favorite Braves growing up….along with The Road Runner Ralph Garr, Buzz Capra, Tom House,……….Those guys were my heros!!!!!!!

Fab-Five Fredi

March 22nd, 2011
6:14 pm

Might as well retire Ol’ Pasqual “I-285″ Perez’s number too….He had his best years as a Brave..

jim

March 22nd, 2011
6:17 pm

Robert,
I can’t agree with you on Chipper.
Span vs. Maddux –
They pitched in different eras, but 13 twenty+ win seasons (averaging 20+ wins for the entire decade of the 50’s) is hard to top. Spahn won 355 games as a Brave, and, except for a Billy Bruton error that allowed they tying run to score in the 7th inning, nearly duplicated Burdett’s feat of winning 3 WS games in ‘58. He beat Ford with a 10-inning CG in game 1, a 2-hit shutout in game 4, and ended up losing in 10 innings 4-3 in game 6 after the Yankees scored 2 runs in the top of the 10th.
He won one Cy Young and finished 2nd to an ALer 2 other times. He also would have won 1 or 2 additional times had there been a Cy Young under the current format before 1956. In 1953 he went 23 -7 with a 2.10 ERA, and in 1963 at age 42 he again went 23-7 with a 2.6 ERA and 7 Sh Outs (including the famous 16 inning 1 – 0 loss to Marichal). He went into the Hall as a Brave! Clearly # 2 in my opinion.

Marty "Taco" Perez

March 22nd, 2011
6:24 pm

If I remember correctly, Taco wore the number 9…………

Ralph Garr " roadrunner "

March 22nd, 2011
7:10 pm

Does any one remember F troop during the 1972 and 1973 seasons?

sheeesh

March 22nd, 2011
8:36 pm

Randy Johnson (no, not that one) is the only other player I can think of who wore #6 for the Atlanta Braves since Cox’s first stint as manager. Johnson was a reserve infielder back in the Torre era of the early ’80s. Had the nickname ‘Rags’ and wore a porn star mustache.

Chopdawg

March 22nd, 2011
8:47 pm

Foster & Frisella?

Atlanta Stadium

March 22nd, 2011
8:48 pm

Perez and Evans both were sent to San Francisco for Ed Goodson and I don’t know who else?

labalt

March 22nd, 2011
8:49 pm

john russell wore number 6 in 1989… daryl motley in 86 or so.. lonnie smith wore it when he first became a brave

Chris

March 22nd, 2011
8:55 pm

Favorite brave of all=time………………..Henry Aaron

DC3

March 22nd, 2011
9:02 pm

we are the yankees of the NL with all these retired numbers

BravesAtl95

March 22nd, 2011
9:04 pm

BRAVES MANAGEMENT:

Bobby Cox deserves this award, of course. But so does JOHN SMOLTZ. His career is over, he ain’t coming back. Put his number up. Surely it is not a debate to retire Smoltz’s number. The run never starts without John’s second-half in ‘91, much less getting by the Pirates. He won a World Series with us. His ‘96 season was at least the 2nd or 3rd best pitching season the Braves experienced. He adapted his throwing motion on the fly for the ‘99 series. His ego didnt block him from becoming baseball’s best closer. And Smoltz was athletic enough to come back to starting at the end of his career and be dominant. Seriously…retire his number.

It needs to be done before Chipper Jones retires. It would look bad to retire Smoltz after Chipper.

scottbravesfan

March 22nd, 2011
9:16 pm

DC3, The Cardinals and Dodgers have more retired numbers. They both have 10 each. Yankees have the most though. By the end of 2013 the Braves will have 10 numbers retired. Smoltz should go up next year and Chipper the year after that. All hall of famers which is awesome except for Dale Murphy and he won back to back MVP’s and was one of the best players of the 80s and probably should be in the hall of fame. Did you know that the Astros have 9 retired numbers? That franchise has been to one world series and never won one yet they have 9 freaking numbers retired. Only Nolan Ryan and eventually Craig Biggio will be in the hall of fame of their retired numbers.

John,

The Braves retired Boston and Milwaukee Braves numbers because the franchise moved to Atlanta and when it did so did all of the records, including the 1914 and 1957 World Series championships. It’s the same reason that the Dodgers have several Brooklyn Dodgers numbers retired and the San Francisco Giants have several New York Giants numbers retired. There are only a few franchises that have moved and didn’t take their records. When the Cleveland Browns moved to Baltimore they became the Ravens but their records and named stayed in Cleveland. Same in the NBA with the Seattle Sonics, Seattle got to keep their name and records so the Oklahoma City Thunder is basically an expansion franchise. The Washington Nationals have also pretty much forgotten about their history as the Expos. They unretired their numbers like Andre Dawson and Gary Carter.

scottbravesfan

March 22nd, 2011
9:18 pm

BravesATL95,

Relax Smoltz will be next. The Braves only retire one number a year because they always do it the same day that the hall of fame induction is and they don’t want to huge legends like Bobby Cox and John Smoltz to have to share the day. They want the spot light just on the one person. Smoltz’s number will go up next August, you can bet on that. And Chipper’s will go up the August after he retires.

wjones

March 22nd, 2011
9:24 pm

OK, a few things:

1. Smoltz would probably already have been honored had he retired. Don’t know what the deal is, but he refuses to publicly say he is retiring. Who knows?

2. Burdette has an “e” at the end. Pet peeve, I know, but no one has spelled it right on the blog yet!

3. Burdette was good, and had a GREAT 1957 Series, but he just happens to have pitched for the same franchise that yielded Spahn, Maddux, Glavine, Niekro, and Smoltz. So the best he can do is hope for sixth, and look over his shoulder as the next wave matures.

Skeezix

March 22nd, 2011
9:50 pm

Glad to see the Braves are going to honor Bobby Cox “the Master” in this way.

Skeezix

March 22nd, 2011
9:52 pm

My guess is that Smoltz wants to retire in a Braves uniform.

jim

March 22nd, 2011
9:58 pm

I misspelled Burdette, but am horrified at my sloppy typing on previous posts. I need to take more time to proofread before hitting the submit button.
Trivia question: Who was the last pitcher to pitch more than 3 innings in an all-star game?

tvsportscaster

March 22nd, 2011
10:04 pm

DOB, this question hasn’t been addressed in a while, but why with 9 days left before the season and Billy Wagner obviously retired, why he is still on the 40-man roster?

ted turner #37

March 22nd, 2011
10:16 pm

why not Ted Turner’s #37? He was #37 the game he was Manager?

beachcomber

March 22nd, 2011
10:34 pm

Bobby Cox is such an icon that I imagine he deserves a singular honor of Braves HOF and retirement of the number. Got to believe Smoltz is just around the corner followed by Lemke (wishful thinking on my part). Blauser’s 4 hasn’t been retired either but that number was worn by more Hall of Famers than any other – 13 in all.

Jay

March 22nd, 2011
10:48 pm

Where is Tommy Glavin these days..is he still with the Braves?

David O'Brien

March 22nd, 2011
11:22 pm

Jay: Glavine is in same role with Braves as he was last year, doing a little bit of a lot of different roles – advisor, special asst., part-time broadcaster, spring-training instructor (for a few days, at least), etc. And he’s going to be doing some work on the TV games that Fox Sports South is producing for Peachtree TV this year.

Scott from Fairburn

March 23rd, 2011
8:22 am

Methinks that Robert will have a field day with Carrol’s new piece on preparedness and fundamentals …

John

March 23rd, 2011
8:24 am

To Scottbravesfan: I didn’t state my question very well. What I really was asking is why is Spahn the only non-Atlanta Brave who has had his number retired. I understand the franchise concept.

CHANNEL 17

March 23rd, 2011
9:29 am

Glenn Hubbard is my all-time favorite Brave. I can’t believe Gonzalez fired him and replaced him with a St. Louis Cardinal.

Dano

February 19th, 2013
8:39 pm

How the hell can you retire a number anyways? So stupid. And for Christ sakes, who cares? All you “men” out here…please, pay attention to what is actually important and what is going on NOW in America, like the loss of your Constitutional freedoms on a daily basis, and stop worrying about meaningless childrens games that the global elite gave to you decades ago, as psyops programs to steer your mind away from important issues.

Dano

February 19th, 2013
8:39 pm

How the hell can you retire a number anyways? So stupid. And for Christ sakes, who cares? All you “men” out here…please, pay attention to what is actually important and what is going on NOW in America, like the loss of your Constitutional freedoms on a daily basis, and stop worrying about meaningless childrens games that the global elite gave to you decades ago, as psyops programs to steer your mind away from important issues.

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