Friday, December 5, 2014

Player Profile: Larry Bowa

I have eighteen cards of Larry Bowa. This one is from 1981 Topps.

Playing career: Larry Bowa was the shortstop for the great Phillies teams of the late 1970s and early 1980s. His fiery personality and solid glove overshadowed his pedestrian bat. He was a five-time all-star despite generally mediocre offensive numbers. In 2,247 games he hit .260/.300/.320. In the 1980 playoffs, he helped the Phillies win the World Series by hitting a combined .349 in the NLCS and World Series. In four other playoff series (all losses) he hit just .200.

Where he is now: He has been a long-time coach for several teams and had stints managing the Padres and Phillies. He is currently the bench coach for the Phillies.

My memories: His playing career is before my time but I remember him as a Yankee coach. He was credited with mentoring Robinson Cano.

Google Autocomplete results: He is tenth when you type Larry B, behind Larry Brooks, a hockey columnist for the New York Post. There do not appear to be any other prominent Larry Bowas.

Coming up next: The next profile will be Michael Bowden.

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