The Red Sox drafted Cox number one in June 1973, ahead of Fred Lynn. He was the International
League's MVP and all-star third baseman in 1977. After Boston called him up that
year, Cox tied an AL record with four hits in his first full game in Baltimore on
September 18. He extended the streak to six the next day against the Yankees, to
set the mark for "most consecutive hits, start of career." When the season ended,
he had hit .362 in 13 games. The following spring, Boston included Cox in a trade
with Cleveland for Dennis Eckersley, but Cox hit .233 that year and never played
regularly in the majors.
FROM THE BASEBALL CHRONOLOGY
»September 18, 1977: Spoiling Brooks Robinson Night in Baltimore, Boston's Ted Cox goes 4-for-4 in his first ML game, a 10–4 win over the Orioles. Cox will get two more hits tomorrow before making an out against the Yankees, setting a major-league record for straight hits at the start of a career.
»April 9, 1980:
Seattle's Ted Cox has the American League's first game-winning ribbie when he hits a 2-run double off Toronto's Dave Lemanczyk in the 3rd inning as the M's take a 4–2. The Mariners win 8–6, the victory going to Mike Parrott who pitches six 1/3 innings. Parrott will finish the year with a 1–16 record, making today's win his lone ML triumph for the season. For the second season in a row, Toronto's John Mayberry opens with four hits, including two home runs. The Blue Jays dropped their opener last year as well.