Cox was a key ingredient in the Cardinals' 1985 pennant as he went 18-9 in just his
second full season. He made it back to the Fall Classic with St. Louis in 1987, where he picked up a win and two defeats, including a loss in the decisive Game Seven while working in relief of starter Joe Magrane.
Possessing only an average fastball, he relied heavily on a great
change-up. He spent stretches on the disabled list in 1986, '87, most of 1988, and
all of 1989 with bone chips, a broken foot, and tendinitis. He finally resurfaced with Philadelphia in 1991, and made it back to the post-season as a reliever with the Pirates in 1992. Cox finished up his career as bullpen mainstay for the Blue Jays, tossing five scoreless innings in the 1993 ALCS and pitching in his third World Series that October.
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FROM THE BASEBALL CHRONOLOGY
»May 31, 1985: Danny Cox retires the first 23 Reds he faces before Dave Concepcion singles with two out in the 8th. Cox settles for a 2-hit 5–0 shutout.
»March 30, 1986: Danny Cox, who was 18-9 for the NL champion Cardinals last season, injures his ankle jumping off a sea wall while fishing and will be placed on the disabled list. He'll be on the DL till April 29th.
»October 1, 1987: Danny Cox pitches a 5-hitter and the Cardinals beat the Expos 8–2 to clinch the National League East championship.
»October 14, 1987: Danny Cox pitches the Cardinals' 2nd consecutive shutout 6–0 over the Giants in game seven of the NLCS, to send St. Louis to the World Series for the 3rd time in the 1980s. Giants OF Jeffrey Leonard (.417, four home runs) is named series MVP.
»October 22, 1987: Danny Cox gives the Redbirds a 4–2 victory in game 5. Ford singles off Bert Blyleven with the sacks full in the 6th to break a scoreless tie.