August 14, 2007: Atlanta Braves manager Bobby Cox sets a new MLB record with the 132nd ejection of his career.
Cox had always been known for his temper throughout his managerial career, passionately arguing calls with umpires despite the near-certainty of losing each verbal battle.
Entering the 2007 season, the 65-year old Cox had 125 ejections under his belt in his 25 years as a manager, only six shy of the mark set by former Giants skipper John McGraw.
Cox didn't waste much time making up the remaining ground, already having tied McGraw at 131 entering an August 14 showdown with the Giants.
With the Braves trailing 3-0 in the bottom of the fifth inning, San Francisco reliever Jack Taschner struck out Atlanta’s Chipper Jones looking on this inside fastball to end the frame. Unsurprisingly, Cox disagreed with the call from head umpire Ted Barrett, and the rest was history:
Although the call ended up being insignificant, as the Braves proceeded to win 5-4, Cox went down in history, finally passing McGraw to stand alone as the MLB's all-time leader.
Cox went on to manage the Braves through the conclusion of the 2010 season, finishing with 158 career ejections and setting a record that looks to be safe for the near future. Active leader Bruce Bochy is currently at 61 career ejections. Going at his current rate, the 60-year-old would need to manage until the 2047 season to catch Cox.
Despite his fiery temper, Cox had tremendous success in his career, leading the Braves to every divisional title from 1991 through 2005 (except the strike-shortened 1994 season) and winning the MLB Manager of the Year award four times (three with Atlanta). He is one of only four managers in league history to surpass 2,500 career wins (joining McGraw, Connie Mack and Tony LaRussa).
Cox, now 74, had his No. 6 jersey retired by the Atlanta Braves in 2011. He was unanimously inducted into the Baseball Hall of Fame in 2014.