This Day in Georgia History
August 12, 2011
Bobby Cox Inducted into Braves Hall of Fame
In afternoon ceremonies, former Atlanta Braves manager (and general manager) Bobby Cox was inducted into the franchise’s hall of fame. Then, prior to the evening game with the Chicago Cubs, Cox’s uniform number 6 was retired. Cox was the eighth member of the Braves to have his number retired, joining Warren Spahn, Eddie Mathews, Hank Aaron, Dale Murphy, Greg Maddux, Phil Niekro, and Tom Glavine. Cox led the Braves to a Major League Baseball record of 14 consecutive division titles, with a total of 2,504 career wins - fourth most in MLB history. Cox retired from the Braves at the end of the 2010 season. Later in the evening in the game, Braves’ second baseman Dan Uggla broke the team record by getting a hit in his 32nd consecutive game. But there was sad news as well, as late during the game it was announced that former Braves pitcher and longtime announcer Ernie Johnson, Sr. had died after a long illness.