ATLANTA -- The Atlanta Sports Council will honor former Atlanta Braves manager Bobby Cox with its 2011 Lifetime Achievement Award presented by The Coca-Cola Company.
Cox will receive the award March 7 at the Fox Theatre's Egyptian Ballroom.
Bobby Cox retired as manager of the Atlanta Braves in 2010 after more than 30 years with the team. During Cox's career with the Braves, he broke league and team records. He was named National League Manager of the Year by the Baseball Writers of America four separate times and is the only person to ever win the award two consecutive years (2004 and 2005). Under his watch, the Braves earned a division title every season from 1991 to 2005 (excluding the strike-shortened 1994 season) and was the World Series champion in 1995.
Cox has won more than 2,000 games with the Braves, more than any other manager in Braves history.
"I am pleased and humbled to be recognized alongside some of Atlanta's most influential sports figures, who have received this prestigious Atlanta Sports Council Award," Cox said. "Braves baseball is such an important part of the Atlanta community, and I feel very fortunate to have been part of a wonderful organization that has received tremendous fan support over the years."
The Lifetime Achievement Award honors someone who has made a positive impact throughout their career in both the sports world and in their community. Past winners of the award are Hank Aaron (2006), Vince Dooley (2007), Billy Payne (2008), Ted Turner (2009) and Tom Cousins (2010).
(Atlanta Business Chronicle)