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Former MLB player Ted Cox dies

William “Ted” Cox was born on January 24, 1955 in Oklahoma City, OK, and passed away on March 11, 2020. Ted was born to William “Virgil” Cox and Ernestine Ferguson Cox.

Ted attended Midwest City High School and graduated in 1973. He was the first-round draft pick by the Boston Red Sox in 1973. He also played with the Cleveland Indians, Seattle Mariners and the Toronto Blue Jays. Ted’s record setting Major League debut of six hits in his first six at bats is still standing after 43 years.

Ted is survived by his wife of 46 years, Debbie Cox; mother, Ernestine Cox; children, Joey Cox and wife Samantha, Billy Cox and wife Katie and grandsons, Carter and Cole; sister, Luana Albright and husband George and children Staci and Clay; foster son, Milen Darby and wife Gina and children M.J., Makye, Malachi, Giana and Tyrell; and his half sister, Sydney Gard and family.

He will be remembered in a Memorial Service at 11:00 AM on Saturday, March 14, 2020 at Barnes Friederich Funeral Home Chapel, Midwest City, OK. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the Oklahoma Youth Literacy Program ( and the International Myeloma Foundation ( 1-818-487-7455). Please leave comments and condolences on the guest book of Barnes Friederich Funeral Home (

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  1. Daniel Manney on March 13, 2020 at 11:42 pm

    Great leader & Coach. Coach Cox helped me as a baseball player for the 1983 season at Midwest City High School where we won Regionals and were State Runners up! His presence on the field as a Coach made all of us better! My condolences to his family. I have shared many memories of him with the teams I have Coached and I’m very sorry for your loss.

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