Tomahawk Chops: Daily Atlanta Braves News Clippings For Friday, August 12th

ATLANTA - OCTOBER 11: A tribute to manager Bobby Cox #6 of the Atlanta Braves is shown on the jumbotron after their 3-2 loss to the San Francisco Giants during Game Four of the NLDS of the 2010 MLB Playoffs at Turner Field on October 11, 2010 in Atlanta, Georgia. (Photo by Kevin C. Cox/Getty Images)

Your one-page daily morning overview of Atlanta Braves news:

Marty Noble: Bobby Cox proved good guys do finish first | News
The Braves will salute him and, at the same time, the game will raise its glass to him, a toast to the modest man/manager who seemingly invented perennial success and did so with such dignity that the teams he conquered weren't particularly riled. If losing were inevitable -- and, in some cases, it was -- let it be the Braves of Bobby Cox that did the winning.

Early influences help Bourn flourish  |
Nature gave Bourn his speed. His father ran a 9.8 100-yard dash, his uncles a 9.3, and his mother was the fastest girl at Carroll High in Monroe, La. But Bourn became the player the Braves wanted for their leadoff spot from the nurturing he got in two relationships — with his father, Ray Bourn, and his childhood teammate Carl Crawford, now an All-Star outfielder for the Boston Red Sox.

Constanza’s bat licking, hot hitting and grotesque knuckle | Atlanta Braves
He’s also drawn curious looks for a habit of licking his bat after a foul tip. The amiable Dominican, speaking in broken English, said he began licking his bat years ago for no real reason, other than to taste the hot spot that smells of burning wood immediately after a fastball skips off it. It became a compulsion.

Braves to celebrate ‘91, season that redefined franchise  |
"It was so much fun to come to the ballpark," said Ron Gant, an outfielder who hit 32 home runs and drove in 105 runs for the worst-to-first Braves.  "We were used to having 10,000 or 15,000 fans there at most, and, all of sudden, there were 30,000 or 40,000 fans there. Every day, I would get to the ballpark earlier. It got to the point I almost slept there a couple of times."

Bobby Cox stands out among greats in Braves history | News
For his former players and Braves fans, the No. 6 will always conjure memories of a beloved manager who has arguably been the most influential man in the history of the Braves organization and all professional sports in Atlanta. "I think the No. 6 in Atlanta, especially in today's age of media and attention, Bobby is as big as Hank [Aaron]," Braves third baseman Chipper Jones said. "Bobby's number in this day and age is as recognizable as Hank's, and that's lofty, lofty [praise].

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