Cox given standing-O in rare visit to Braves park

ATLANTA — Hall of Fame manager Bobby Cox made a rare visit to Truist Park for the Atlanta Braves’ game against the Philadelphia Phillies on Saturday night and received a standing ovation.

Fan cheered after Cox, 83, was introduced as “the very best manager in the history of the game, our beloved No. 6, Bobby Cox.”

Cox, who led the Braves to the 1995 World Series title and retired after the 2010 season, stood and waved. His wife, Pam, became emotional as the ovation continued. Braves manager Brian Snitker joined in the applause as he looked up to the private box where Cox watched the game.

Cox was hospitalized in 2019 following a stroke.

Snitker, who became manager in 2016 and led Atlanta to the 2021 World Series championship, has remained close with Cox and often visits his former boss. Cox visited the Braves’ clubhouse before the game.

“It was awesome,” said Snitker, who said he hopes Cox now attends more games. “We had a great time. It was special. … Everybody loved seeing him.”

Snitker said players took a team photo with Cox before the game.

Marcell Ozuna said meeting Cox “was amazing.”

“I didn’t know if he knew me, but it was real cool to me to meet him like that,” Ozuna said. “He’s a special guy for the organization.”

Cox was inducted into the Baseball Hall of Fame in 2014. His No. 6 was retired by the Braves.

Cox served two stints as the manager of the Braves. He led the team from 1978-81 before managing the Toronto Blue Jays from 1982-85. He came back to Atlanta as the team’s general manager in 1986 before returning to the dugout in 1991.

He is one of only four managers to be named manager of the year in the AL and NL. He won the award four times.

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