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Hall of Famer Cox Has Great Falls Ties

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Former Atlanta Braves Manager Bobby Cox was one of three coaching legends who were voted into the MLB Hall of Fame on Monday. However, he's the only one with Great Falls ties.

Cox, Tony La Russa and Joe Torre all led teams they managed to more than 2,000 wins, all won World Series titles, and all three were unanimous selections to the Hall of Fame on Monday.

They also played the game with varying degrees of success. Torre was a 9-time All-Star who won an MVP with the Cardinals, while Cox and La Russa had very brief Major League careers.

Cox, however, was a pretty accomplished Minor Leaguer who showed off his prowess with the bat during his one season in Great Falls. As a member of the Los Angeles Dodgers organization, Cox played the infield for the Class A Electrics in 1963, batting .337 with 19 home runs (both career highs) in 109 games played. Cox was 22 at the time, and was promoted to AA Albuquerque later in the year.

Cox left the Dodgers organization after the 1964 season. He spent two years in the majors, both with the New York Yankees, in 1968 and 1969.

While being interviewed wearing a Hall of Fame jersey after gaining enshrinement on Monday, Cox said he was, "Going to wear the jersey to bed tonight."  

 

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