Bobby Cox was elected to the Baseball Hall of Fame today in Cooperstown, NY. The legendary manager is fondly remembered as the longtime skipper of the Atlanta Braves. As much as Cox is associated with the Braves, his baseball bloodline started with the New York Yankees.
Cox started his ten year relationship with the Yankees as a third basemen for the Bombers, making his debut in the Bronx in 1968. Cox was the primary third baseman for the Yankees in 1968, his rookie season. Cox appeared in 135 games and hit 7 home runs with 41 RBI and 3 stolen bases. Cox played in 85 games in 1969 for the Yanks with 2 home runs and 17 RBI. Cox spent the entire 1970 season in the minors for the Yankees, appearing in 90 games at AAA-Syracuse.
Cox began his managerial career with Yankees in their farm system in 1971. Cox managed the Syracuse Chiefs to the International League Championship in 1976. The 1976 team featured future Yankees Ron Guidry, Micky Klutts and and Terry Whitfield. Cox was highly successful as a minor league skipper for the Yankees. In his six years, down on the farm, Cox had a winning percentage of .500 or better, every year. In 1972, Cox was 84-56 at AA-West Haven, for a .600 winning percentage.
Cox was promoted back to New York in 1977 and served as the first base coach for Billy Martin on the famed "Bronx Zoo" team. Cox was a member of the coaching staff from that season that defeated the Los Angeles Dodgers to win the World Series. Cox was given his first opportunity to manage in the majors when he took over the Atlanta Braves to start the 1978 season.
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