COOPERSTOWN — If you didn’t know any better Monday, the presence of Greg Maddux and Bobby Cox at the Baseball Hall of Fame wouldn’t have raised an eyebrow.
The 47-year-old Maddux looked like a typical fan, wearing sneakers, jeans and a zipped up sweatshirt. Cox, 72, donned a sweater and slacks.
Their appearances hardly gave away the fact that in four months they’ll be behind a microphone at the Clark Sports Center sharing memories of the baseball careers that put them in one of the most exclusive clubs in all of sports.
And they’ll do so before thousands of fans on the afternoon of July 27, when Maddux and Cox will be inducted into the Hall along with Tom Glavine, Frank Thomas, Joe Torre and Tony La Russa. More than likely, the turnout for their inductions will far exceed the average turnout for a major league game.
But nothing about Maddux and Cox screamed out star or big shot Monday. They just appeared to be a couple of guys touring the Hall, which they were.
In an odd occurrence, Maddux and Cox took their orientation tours together Monday. Normally, the Hall schedules the tours for Hall of Famers-in-waiting one at a time, but this seemed fitting.
After all, the duo worked together for 11 years in Atlanta — Maddux the key cog to a Braves starting rotation that included Glavine and Cox the fiery manager who earned the most ejections in the game’s history.
Nary an October went by during their time in Atlanta when the Braves weren’t knee-deep in highly meaningful games, aside from the strike-shortened 1994 season. Eleven seasons from 1993-2003 included 10 playoff appearances and three trips to the World Series, including a championship in 1995.
Maddux and Cox held court for about 15 minutes Monday in front of a 15 or so reporters in the Hall’s Plaque Gallery.