There's room in the Hall for Bobby Cox now

Atlanta Braves manager Bobby Cox watches his team play the New York Mets in the first inning of...

Atlanta Braves manager Bobby Cox watches his team play the New York Mets in the first inning of their MLB National League baseball game in New York on July 9, 2010. (REUTERS/Ray Stubblebine)

BOB ELLIOTT, QMI Agency

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Bobby Cox has come a long way.

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The first night he arrived at spring training in 1968 — the New York Yankees camp in Fort Lauderdale — he slept on the beach with his wife and kids, as the Colonial Hotel was booked until the next day. The next day he roomed with Lindy McDaniel.

On Friday, Cox was walking around the lobby of the Otesaga Resort Hotel rubbing shoulders with Hall of Famers on induction weekend.

Along with managers Tony La Russa and Joe Torre, 300-game winners John Smoltz and Tom Glavine, plus slugger Frank Thomas, Cox will be inducted into the Hall of Fame on Sunday afternoon.

As the Yankees third baseman, splitting time with Mike Ferraro, Cox collected his first hit off Detroit Tigers Joe Sparma April 28, 1968, at Yankee Stadium. His bad knees allowed him to collect only 140 more hits, his final at-bat a run-scoring fly ball as the Yankees edged Luis Tiant and the Cleveland Indians 4-3 in the last game of 1969.

And Cox helped people along t


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