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Cox’s No. 6 was cut into the outfield grass, painted on the bases and in front of the dugouts and, finally, unveiled on the stadium’s facade with eight others that have been retired by the team.
Cox, who retired as manager last year, is the first to have his number retired by the Braves primarily for his work as manager. He led the team to 15 playoff appearances and the 1995 World Series championship.
“The first word that comes to mind is respect. He had that from players. When Bobby talked, we listened. We wanted to play for him.”
The only other Braves players to have their number retired are Hank Aaron (44), Eddie Mathews (41), Dale Murphy (3), Phil Niekro (35) and Warren Spahn (21).
Cox is the first to have his number retired primarily for his work as manager, from 1978-81 and 1990-2010. He was Toronto’s manager from 1982-85 and then was Atlanta’s general manager before returning to the dugout.
“Twenty minutes with the man changes your life,” Smoltz said. “I’ve been forever changed for having the privilege to play for him.”
As general manager, Cox helped build the team by making such moves as drafting Jones No. 1 overall in 1990.
“It’s pretty impressive that he starts as a GM, he signs half the guys down there up front, and then he comes down and manages them,” Maddux said.
Said Jones: “I’ve spent the last 20 years trying to make you proud and not make you regret that decision.”
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