Sir Elton John, Ted Turner among the famous Atlantans paying tribute to Bobby Cox


Beloved Atlanta Braves manager Bobby Cox is going out in style this season, thanks to a heartfelt commemorative program now on sale at Turner Field.

The limited edition, 96-page program includes kudos from none other than Peachtree Road resident Sir Elton John (who, incidentally, is such a Braves fan he has a backstage assistant relay score updates to him each summer when he’s on tour).

Says the British knight of Cox, “He is part of the local scenery —like the dogwoods at Piedmont Park.”

Reflects former boss and Braves owner Ted Turner, “Looking back on our incredible run from worst to first in ’91 and our World Series victory in ’95, it’s hard to believe I actually fired, in my opinion, the greatest manager in baseball history!”

Adds former Brave Greg Maddux, “In baseball, they always preach consistency, everybody wants to be consistent, and I think that’s Bobby. He’s the most consistent person I’ve ever met in baseball.”

The $10 program also includes Cox tributes from politicians, coaches, current and former Braves players, broadcasters and season ticket holders.

Sports commentator Bob Costas also wrote a special piece on the Braves manager for the edition.

The tribute can also be found at the Braves Clubhouse store at CNN Center and by calling 404-523-5854.