Ted Cox (baseball)
January 24, 1955 |
Oklahoma City, Oklahoma
|September 18, 1977, for the Boston Red Sox|
|Last MLB appearance|
|October 4, 1981, for the Toronto Blue Jays|
|Runs batted in||79|
William Ted Cox (born January 24, 1955 in Oklahoma City, Oklahoma) is a former shortstop who played in Major League Baseball from 1977 through 1981 for the Boston Red Sox (1977), Cleveland Indians (1978–1979), Seattle Mariners (1980) and Toronto Blue Jays (1981). He batted and threw right-handed.
Cox was selected by the Red Sox with the seventeenth pick in the first round of the 1973 draft, ahead of Fred Lynn. Listed at 6' 3", 195 lb., Cox played five years in the Boston minor league system, stepping up a class every year, that was hastened by a phenomenal season in 1977 with Triple-A Pawtucket Red Sox. In 95 games, he hit .334 with 14 home runs and 81 RBI, which was highligted by an All-Star selection, helping Pawtucket to clinch the regular season championship. After the season he won both the Topps Minor League Player of the Year and the International League MVP awards, and was recalled by Boston in September 1977.
Cox debuted with the Red Sox on September 18, on Brooks Robinson Night at Baltimore. Cox went 4-for-4 in his first major league game, a 10–4 Boston victory over. After the game, reporters told Cox he had tied the American League record for most hits in a first game. Casey Stengel, Willie McCovey and Mack Jones also share the mark. Boston returned to Fenway Park to face the New York Yankees the next day. In his first at-bat against the Yankees, Cox hit a single to tie a record held by Cecil Travis with the Washington Senators. Travis set the record of five consecutive hits at the start of a major league career in 1933. Then, in his second at-bat Cox singled off Ed Figueroa. This assured him a place in major league history for his unique 6-for-6 hitting streak.
Cox ended 1977 with a .362 average (21-for-58), and drew considerable attention to himself. Before the 1978 season he was sent by Boston along with Bo Díaz, Mike Paxton, and Rick Wise to the Cleveland Indians in the same transaction that brought Dennis Eckersley and Fred Kendall to the Red Sox. After two years in Cleveland as a backup outfielder and playing all four infield positions, Cox joined the Seattle Mariners in 1980 and the Toronto Blue Jays in 1981, his last major league season.
In a five-season career, Cox was a .245 hitter with 10 home runs and 79 RBI in 272 games.
Currently, Cox works with the Major League Baseball Players Alumni Association in raising money for worthy causes and charities.
- On April 9, 1980, Cox became the first player in major league history to collect a game-winning RBI, a statistic that was only official from 1980-88.
- As of 2015, Cox holds the major league career record for most consecutive hits to begin a career.