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.