There were great expectations for Ted Cox when he was drafted in the first round of the 1973 amateur draft, and for a brief period he lived up to them. In 1977, Cox was named the Topps Minor League Player of the Year as well as International League MVP. His efforts that year earned him a September call-up, where he promptly set a Major League record for most consecutive at bats with a hit to start a career, with six. Despite his auspicious beginning, Cox had trouble breaking into an outfield already being patrolled by Red Sox legends Jim Rice, Fred Lynn and Dwight Evans. Aware of Cox's trade value, the Sox used him to sweeten the pot in a deal that brought future Hall of Famer Dennis Eckersley to Boston before the start of the 1978 season.
The Ted Cox bat in my collection is of particular interest, as it was from the very earliest days of his professional career. Ordered some time between 1973 and 1975 while Cox was still in "A ball", where he was young, had momentum and his potential seemed limitless. Sadly, that is not how things turned out for the big outfielder as he played just four seasons with three different teams after he was traded away from Boston.
27 bats down 56 to go.