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This Day in Georgia History

October 11, 2010

Braves Bobby Cox Final Game

To view an image of Bobby Cox, see the Digital Library of Georgia.

In game four of the 2010 National League Division Series being played at Turner Field, the San Francisco Giants beat the Atlanta Braves 3-2, winning their third game in the five-game series and eliminating the Braves from further post-season play. Even sadder for Atlanta fans was the fact that the loss represented the final game for manager Bobby Cox in a Braves uniform. In 2009, Cox had said that this would be the last in his 29 years as a MLB team manager (most of which was with the Braves). Now at age 69, he was taking his uniform off for the last time. As the Braves made their final out in the ninth inning and started to leave the dugout, cheering fans in the stands stood in salute to Cox, while “Like a Rock” played over the stadium loudspeakers in his honor. Before leaving for their clubhouse to celebrate their victory, members of the San Francisco Giants came over and took off their hats to salute Cox. Afterwards, Cox addressed the team in the clubhouse, and then the sports media in an emotional press conference. He indicated that tonight was the last time he would wear a Braves uniform, though he would continue to work as a consultant for the team. Cox began his major league career with the New York Yankees, where he played third base during the 1968 and 1969 seasons. He managed in the Yankees farm system from 1971 to 1976, then becoming the Yankees first base coach in 1977. In 1978, Cox was hired by Atlanta Braves owner Ted Turner to manage the hapless Braves, a position he held until Turner fired him in 1981. Cox managed the Toronto Blue Jays from 1982 to 1985 before returning to the Braves in 1986. In the unforgettable 1991 season, the Braves went from “worst to first,” playing the Minnesota Twins in the World Series. Cox led the Braves to the 1992, 1993, 1995, and 1996 World Series - though only winning the championship ring in 1995. During his amazing career, Cox led the Braves to a MLB record of 14 consecutive division titles, also finishing with a career total of 2,504 victories - ranking him fourth in MLB history.