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LARRY
BOWA

 by Mark McDermott/BaseballSacramento.com 

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Born: December 6, 1945  

High School: McClatchy 

Junior College: Sacramento City 

Bats: Both—Throws: Right 

Height: 5-10—Weight: 155 

Position: Shortstop 

Debut: April 7, 1970 

Last Game:  October 6, 1985 

Teams: Philadelphia 1970-1981; Chicago Cubs 1982-1985; New York Mets 1985

 

 




Major League Baseball missed the boat on Larry Bowa. Unable to make his McClatchy High School baseball team, he went undrafted even after attending Sacramento City College. It took Philadelphia scout Eddie Bockman’s repeated prodding to convince the Phillies to take a chance on a player who was described as “a hand grenade that’s had the pin pulled” and told he wasn’t good enough.   

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The Phillies signed the fiery shortstop for $2,000, an investment that would pay dividends beyond belief. With unlimited determination and a quick temper, Bowa let his fast feet and soft hands do the talking for him. His defensive positioning always had him in the right place at the right time. 

Carrying a chip on his shoulder the size of a giant redwood, Bowa often was at odds with teammates, managers, coaches and members of the media. But, he never let those distractions and detractors affect his play on the field.  

When he retired in 1985, he held the National League record for games played at shortstop with 2,222. He also led the league in fielding six times and for fewest errors in a season of 150 or more games with nine. He holds the Major League record for highest fielding percentage for a career at .980 and for a season of over 100 games at .991. He earned Gold Gloves in 1972 and 1978. 

In addition to his fielding accolades, he developed into a stingy hitter who rarely struck out or was thrown out on the bases. A switch-hitter, he batted .280 or better four times and had nine seasons with 20 or more stolen bases. His best season was 1975 when he hit .305.

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From his first season in 1970 when he was third in the N.L. Rookie of Year voting, Bowa formed an impenetrable left side of the Phillies’ infield along with third baseman Mike Schmidt. From 1976-1981, the Phillies reached the post-season five times, ending a drought dating back a quarter of a century. He played a significant role in the playoffs in 1980, hitting .316 in the N.L. Championship Series and then .375 in the World Series as the Phillies captured the first title in franchise history.  

Bowa made the N.L. All-Star team five times.

Baseball runs in the Bowa family. Paul Bowa, Larry's father, played minor league ball for the
Sacramento Solons. Frank Demaree, #9 on our list, was Paul's uncle by marriage. Nick Johnson, ranked 23rd overall, is Larry's nephew. Under contract to the New York Yankees, Johnson is the family's fourth generation to play professional ball.


 

 

Career Statistics -- Larry Bowa

Year 

Team 

Avg 

AB 

2B 

3B 

HR 

RBI 

SB 

BB 

SO 

OBP 

SLG 

OPS 

TB 

1970 

PHI 

.250 

145 

547 

50 

137 

17 

34 

24 

21 

48 

.277 

.303 

.580 

166 

1971 

PHI 

.249 

159 

650 

74 

162 

18 

25 

28 

36 

61 

.293 

.292 

.586 

190 

1972 

PHI 

.250 

152 

579 

67 

145 

11 

13 

31 

17 

32 

51 

.291 

.320 

.611 

185 

1973 

PHI 

.211 

122 

446 

42 

94 

11 

23 

10 

24 

31 

.252 

.249 

.501 

111 

1974 

PHI 

.275 

162 

669 

97 

184 

19 

10 

36 

39 

23 

52 

.298 

.338 

.636 

226 

1975 

PHI 

.305 

136 

583 

79 

178 

18 

38 

24 

24 

32 

.334 

.377 

.711 

220 

1976 

PHI 

.248 

156 

624 

71 

155 

15 

49 

30 

32 

31 

.283 

.301 

.584 

188 

1977 

PHI 

.280 

154 

624 

93 

175 

19 

41 

32 

32 

32 

.313 

.340 

.652 

212 

1978 

PHI 

.294 

156 

654 

78 

192 

31 

43 

27 

24 

40 

.319 

.370 

.689 

242 

1979 

PHI 

.241 

147 

539 

74 

130 

17 

11 

31 

20 

61 

32 

.316 

.314 

.630 

169 

1980 

PHI 

.267 

147 

540 

57 

144 

16 

39 

21 

24 

28 

.300 

.322 

.622 

174 

1981 

PHI 

.283 

103 

360 

34 

102 

14 

31 

16 

26 

17 

.331 

.339 

.670 

122 

1982 

CHI C 

.246 

142 

499 

50 

123 

15 

29 

39 

38 

.302 

.305 

.606 

152 

1983 

CHI C 

.267 

147 

499 

73 

133 

20 

43 

35 

30 

.312 

.339 

.651 

169 

1984 

CHI C 

.223 

133 

391 

33 

87 

14 

17 

10 

28 

24 

.274 

.269 

.542 

105 

1985 

TOT 

.234 

86 

214 

15 

50 

15 

13 

22 

.276 

.304 

.580 

65 

1985 

CHI C 

.246 

72 

195 

13 

48 

13 

11 

20 

.285 

.318 

.603 

62 

1985 

NYM 

.105 

14 

19 

.190 

.158 

.348 

16 

Totals 

.260 

2247 

8418 

987 

2191 

262 

99 

15 

525 

318 

474 

569 

.300 

.320 

.620 

2696 


Bowa's Managerial/Coaching Career

 

Years  

Position 

Team 

League 

Organization 

1986 

Manager 

Las Vegas Stars 

Pacific Coast 

San Diego 

1987-88 

Manager 

San Diego Padres 

National 

San Diego 

1989-96 

Coach 

Philadelphia Phillies 

National 

Philadelphia 

1997-99 

Coach 

Anaheim Angels 

American 

Anaheim 

2000 

Coach 

Seattle Mariners 

American 

Seattle 

2001-04 

Manager 

Philadelphia Phillies 

National 

Philadelphia 

2006-07 

Coach 

New York Yankees 

American 

New York Yankees 

2008-2010 

Coach 

Los Angeles Dodgers 

National 

Los Angeles 



Uploaded 01/27/2011
Updated 05/05/2011

All contents © Rick Cabral 2011

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