ATLANTA — Bobby Cox, the Baseball Hall of Fame manager of the Atlanta Braves for more than two decades, suffered a possible stroke Tuesday and was taken a local hospital. Channel 2 first reported that Cox’s illness came one day after he attended the Braves’ home opener at SunTrust Park on Monday.
Atlanta Braves General Manager Alex Anthopoulos told the MLB Network on Wednesday that he visited Cox, who was said to be “in as good a spirits as can be,” according to Dave O’Brien of The Athletic.
Cox led the Braves on the field from 1991 to 2010, leading a team that set the city on fire with a worst-to-first 1991 season that culminated in the Braves’ first appearance in the World Series since the team moved to Atlanta from Milwaukee in 1956. In 1995, the Braves defeated the Cleveland Indians in six games to bring Atlanta its first world championship in any sport.
Cox first led the Atlanta Braves from 1978 to 1981, and then managed the Toronto Blue Jays from 1982 to 1985. He rejoined the Braves in 1986 as a general manager and returned to the field in 1991 following the hiring of John Schuerholz from the Kansas City Royals to become the Braves’ new GM.
Schuerholz, also a Hall of Famer, and Cox led the Braves to an unprecedented 14 division championships and four World Series appearances.
Cox was scheduled to appear Saturday at the Gwinnett Stripers game at Coolray Field. The Stripers are the Braves’ Triple-A affiliate in metro Atlanta.
Several former players and sports figures took to social media on Wednesday to send their thoughts and prayers to Cox.
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