Tuesday, August 4, 2015

Hall of Fame Signed Baseball - Bobby Cox

I got my 115th Hall of Fame signed baseball as a throw in when I bought the Harry Caray.  The vendor had just had this ball authenticated by JSA and hadn't adjusted his prices.  I had seen that he had three or four Bobby Cox baseballs for $45, the best price for him that I saw at the show.  I saw those on Wednesday during the sneak peek, but I couldn't remember where I saw them.  Luckily, on Saturday, I found the vendor again and bundled this with the Caray ball.  When it was all said and done, I only added an additional $25 to my purchase, so I really got a steal.

Cox (b. 1941) played briefly in the majors in 1968 and 1969 for the Yankees.  Originally a third baseman, he gained far more notoriety when he became a manager.  He managed the Atlanta Braves from 1978 to 1981, the Blue Jays from 1982 to 1985 and then back to the Braves (after a stint as their general manager) from 1990 to 2010.  In all, he managed over thirty seasons, winning the division 15 times (once with the Blue Jays and a record 14 straight with the Braves).  He went to 5 World Series, winning once (1995).  He was also a 4-time Manager of the Year (AL - 1985; NL - 1991, 2004, 2005).

Cox was elected to the Hall of Fame by the Veterans Committee in 2014.

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