While the talk of the beginning of the 2010 baseball season has been centered on 20 year-old Atlanta Brave phenom Jason Heyward,and rightfully so, I want to digress for the time being in order to honor the man, the myth, the legend...yes, Mr. Bobby Cox.
As Cox enters his last year as the Chief, there's nothing more Brave players would like to give him than a World Series title.
What a fitting end that would be to a Hall of Fame career that has spanned 25 years in Atlanta as the manager, 5 N.L. Pennants, and 1 World Series. And let's not forget that it was Cox, who as General Manager for Atlanta, traded for one John Smotlz (an absolute steal-one of best trades in MLB history) and drafted Chipper Jones #1 overall in the June 1990 amateur draft.
Topps has done a great job over the years of capturing Cox on cardboard. There's the 2002 Topps baseball, which displays Bobby as a grandfather-like figure, which is the image so many of us have of him.
The photo of the 1978 Topps is a younger Cox that many of us may not even recognize:
Personally, I think that Topps (or any of the other card manufacturers) should have captured the Chief at his finest