Legendary Atlanta Braves manager Bobby Cox was taken to the hospital Tuesday after suffering a stroke, Zach Klein of WSB in Atlanta reports.
The 77-year-old first managed the Braves from 1978 to 1981. After four years with the Toronto Blue Jays, Cox returned to Atlanta and managed the team for the next 21 seasons.
Cox returned to the team in the middle of the 1990 season. He managed the club to a 40-57 record down the stretch. The Braves finished sixth in the division.
The following year, Cox led the team to a surprising division title. The Braves won the National League pennant, but lost to the Minnesota Twins in the World Series.
That kicked off an incredible run in which Cox and the Braves won 14 straight division titles. They appeared in the World Series four other times during that run, winning it all in 1995.
In 2014, Cox was inducted into the Baseball Hall of Fame.
Cox has remained close to the Braves since his retirement following the 2010 season. MLB.com’s Mark Bowman notes that Cox participated in the pregame ceremonies before the Braves’ home opener against the Cubs on Monday night.
On Wednesday, the Cox family and the Braves issued statements. The Cox family thanked fans who sent “well wishes or said a prayer” for Cox. The Braves said there was no one “stronger or more determined than Cox.”
The Braves have put out a statement on Bobby Cox. pic.twitter.com/KO3hTRzjwG
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