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Among Cox’s former players who returned for the ceremony were Steve Avery, Fred McGriff, Javy Lopez, Mark Lemke, Otis Nixon and Kent Mercker. The former players, who had seats on the field, all stood when Cox walked up to the podium after he was given a ride around the warning track on the back of a convertible.

Other former players on the podium with Cox were Niekro, Dale Murphy, Ralph Garr and David Justice.

Fans chanted “Bobby! Bobby! Bobby!” after he took his seat on the podium. He waved several times to the fans.

Cox was inducted into the Braves Hall of Fame earlier Friday and is likely bound for the Baseball Hall of Fame. He finished with 2,504 regular-season wins, fourth behind Connie Mack, John McGraw and Tony La Russa.

“Today we honor Bobby for what he did and his accomplishments for the Atlanta Braves,” said team president John Schuerholz, who was the general manager for most of Cox’s era. “In the not too distant future we’ll be honoring him in Cooperstown.”

Cubs players watching from their dugout applauded Cox.

Before the game, Chicago manager Mike Quade said he, as a minor league manager in the Expos’ organization, took notes from Cox when the Braves and Expos shared a spring training facility.

“My respect for him goes way, way back,” Quade said. “He’s old school. He’s done just about everything you can do in this game.

“He has such an incredible respect for this game.”