Legendary Baseball Manager Hospitalized After Suffering Possible Stroke

Bobby Cox

Legendary Atlanta Braves manager Bobby Cox was taken to the hospital Tuesday after suffering a possible 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 led the Braves to 14 straight division titles from 1991-2005, including the 1995 World Series title. It is the Braves’ only championship since moving to Atlanta in 1966.

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.

As a player, Cox played with the New York Yankees in 1968 and 1969, and later broke into managing in New York’s farm system.

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The hospitalization came one day after he attended the Braves’ home opener on Monday at SunTrust Park and gave the ceremonial command to “Play ball.”

Fans took to Twitter to send their best wishes to the Hall of Famer. “Prayers for the goat,” one Twitter user wrote.

“Braves Country loves you, Skipper. Please be ok,” another wrote. In 2014, Cox was inducted into the Baseball Hall of Fame.