With Bobby Cox and Joe Torre both retiring at the end of the season -- and with Lou Piniella having retired last month -- it begs the question: Is this the best year for coaching/managing legends exiting in one particular sport?
There have been other years in which legendary managers/head coaches all left the game together; however, Cox, Torre and Piniella are all in the top 15 on the all-time wins list. They have combined for six World Series titles, and Cooperstown most likely awaits for both Cox and Torre.
Here are some other years in which legends exited together in the four major sports (although not all these exits were retirements).
Let the debate begin.
Bobby Cox: Currently fourth on all-time wins list, 14 straight division titles, one World Series title
Lou Piniella: Currently 14th on all-time wins list, one World Series title
Joe Torre: Four World Series titles, currently fifth on all-time wins list
Billy Martin: .553 win pct., one World Series title
Chuck Tanner: One World Series title
Dick Williams: Two World Series titles, currently 18th on wins list
Joe McCarthy: Seven World Series titles, currently eighth on all-time wins list
Connie Mack: 53 years as manager, all-time wins leader, five World Series titles
Hubie Brown: 13 NBA seasons, won one ABA title
Rudy Tomjanovich: Two-time NBA champion
Lenny Wilkens: Currently second-most wins in NBA history, one NBA title
Cotton Fitzsimmons: 832 wins, currently 13th on all-time list
Dick Motta: Currently 10th on all-time wins list, one NBA title
Jack Ramsay: Currently 12th on all-time wins list, one NBA title
Gene Shue: 22 seasons, currently 14th on all-time wins list
Bill Cowher: One Super Bowl win
Dennis Green: 13 seasons, 113 wins
Bill Parcells: Two-time Super Bowl Champion
Marty Schottenheimer: 200 career wins
Tom Landry: 29 seasons, 250 wins, two Super Bowl titles
Bill Walsh: .609 win pct., three Super Bowl wins
Pat Burns: 501 career wins, one Stanley Cup title
Glen Sather: Four Stanley Cup titles
Brian Sutter: 451 career wins
Scotty Bowman: Nine Stanley Cup titles, all-time wins leader
Roger Neilson: 16 seasons, 460 wins
Bold = Member of Hall of Fame