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Ted Cox
Third baseman
Born: January 24, 1955 (1955-01-24) (age 55)
Oklahoma City, Oklahoma
Batted: Right Threw: Right 
MLB debut
September 18, 1977 for the Boston Red Sox
Last MLB appearance
October 4, 1981 for the Toronto Blue Jays
Career statistics
Batting average     .245
Home runs     10
Runs batted in     79
Teams

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 Boston Red Sox in the first-round of the 1973 draft ahead of Fred Lynn. Listed at 6' 3", 195 lb., Cox was heralded as a skilled hitter with a major league swing. He spent 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 promoted to the big team.

Cox debuted with the Red Sox on September 18, on Brooks Robinson Night at Baltimore. Robinson had just retired, finishing a 23-year career with the Orioles, one of the longest major-league careers with one club. Spoiling Robinson's celebration, Cox went 4-for-4 in his first major league game, a 10–4 victory over Baltimore. 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.

Highlights

  • On April 9, 1980, became the first designated hitter to collect a game-winning RBI, a statistic that was only official from 1980-88.
  • As of 2006, holds the major league career record for most consecutive hits to begin a career.

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