Braves to retire Bobby Cox's number
ATLANTA -- The Atlanta Braves on Tuesday announced plans to retire former manager Bobby Cox's number.
The Braves will honor Cox's No. 6 on Aug. 12 before a home game against the Chicago Cubs.
Cox is the first to have his number retired by the Braves only for his accomplishments as a manager.
Cox retired after last season. He is fourth all-time with 2,504 wins, including 2,149 wins in 25 years with the Braves.
The Braves won 14 straight division titles and the 1995 World Series under Cox.
"Bobby Cox exemplifies the Braves organization," team president John Schuerholz said. "Inducting him into our Hall of Fame and retiring his legendary No. 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 number will become the third the team has retired in three years, following Tom Glavine (47) last year and Greg Maddux (31) in 2009.
The only other Braves players to have their numbers retired are Hank Aaron (44), Eddie Mathews (41), Dale Murphy (3), Phil Niekro (35) and Warren Spahn (21).
Mathews, the third baseman who hit 512 home runs, was 149-161 as the Braves' manager from 1972-74.
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