Lawrence Robert Bowa
- Bats Both, Throws Right
- Height 5' 10", Weight 155 lb.
- School Sacramento City College
- High School McClatchy High School
- Debut April 7, 1970
- Final Game October 6, 1985
- Born December 6, 1945 in Sacramento, CA USA
".. A helluva coach. A great field manager. God, what a dickhead. I thought he was the biggest asshole in the United States of America. Of course, there are still days when I think that, but only some days. Not every day like before. Oh yeah, one more thing. The best thing that ever happened to me in my career was him becoming my manager" - John Kruk in I Ain't An Athlete Lady...'
Larry Bowa had the first ever hit at Veterans Stadium in Philadelphia, PA on April 10, 1971. Bowa took over the Philadelphia Phillies' shortstop position from Don Money in 1970 and stayed there for a dozen seasons. A fine fielder who won two Gold Gloves, the switch-hitting Bowa also hit .260 for his career and stole 318 bases. He was the shortstop on the Phillies' 1980 World Championship team, hitting .375 in the Series against the Kansas City Royals. After the Phillies had a poor second half in 1981 and were defeated by the Montreal Expos in the NLDS, they made important changes to the club, including getting rid of Bowa (along with C Bob Boone and RF Bake McBride). In one of the biggest steals of all time, he was traded to the Chicago Cubs along with minor leaguer Ryne Sandberg for shortstop Ivan DeJesus after that season. Bowa was the shortstop for the 1984 division-winning Cubs team that lost to the San Diego Padres in the NLCS, while Sandberg of course went on to have a Hall of Fame career with the Cubs. Bowa finished his career with the New York Mets in 1985.
Bowa's playing record compares well with such Hall of Fame shortstops as Rabbit Maranville and may qualify him for election to Baseball's Hall of Fame by the Veterans Committee; Bowa failed to win the support of the Baseball Writers Association of America receiving 2.5% of the vote in 1991 and falling off the ballot.
He is a baseball lifer, having spent 38 of the last 40 seasons in organized baseball. He has made the following stops:
- Philadelphia Phillies, player, 1966-1969 (minors), 1970-1981 (majors)
- Chicago Cubs, player, 1982-1985
- New York Mets, player, 1985
- Las Vegas Stars (Pacific Coast League), manager, 1986
- San Diego Padres, manager, 1987-1988
- Philadelphia Phillies, coach, 1988-1996
- Anaheim Angels, Third base coach, 1997-1999
- Seattle Mariners, Third base coach, 2000
- Philadelphia Phillies, manager, 2001-2004
- ESPN, analyst, 2005
- XM Radio, analyst, 2005
- New York Yankees, Third base coach, 2006-2007
- Los Angeles Dodgers, Third base coach, 2008-2010
- MLB Network, analyst, 2011
- Team USA, bench coach at the 2013 World Baseball Classic
- Philadelphia Phillies, bench coach 2014-2015
His first Baseball Card appearance was in the 1970 Topps set. He is the son of Paul Bowa, a minor league infielder and manager, the nephew of Frank Bowa, a minor league infielder, and the uncle of Nick Johnson.
Following the 1980 World Series, Bowa appeared with four of his Phillies teammates on Family Feud for one week in 1980. He, Del Unser, Mike Schmidt, Dick Ruthven and Garry Maddox played against five members of the Kansas City Royals: John Wathan, Willie Wilson, Paul Splittorff, Dan Quisenberry and Dennis Leonard.
- 1970 Topps All-Star Rookie Team
- 5-time NL All-Star (1974-1976, 1978 & 1979)
- 2-time NL Gold Glove Winner (1972 & 1978)
- NL At Bats Leader (1971)
- NL Singles Leader (1978)
- NL Triples Leader (1972)
- Won a World Series with the Philadelphia Phillies in 1980
- NL Manager of the Year Award (2001)
|San Diego Padres Manager
|Philadelphia Phillies Manager
Year-By-Year Managerial Record
|1986||Las Vegas Stars||Pacific Coast League||80-70||3rd||San Diego Padres||League Champs|
|1987||San Diego Padres||National League||65-97||6th||San Diego Padres|
|1988||San Diego Padres||National League||16-30||--||San Diego Padres||replaced by Jack McKeon on May 28|
|2001||Philadelphia Phillies||National League||86-76||2nd||Philadelphia Phillies|
|2002||Philadelphia Phillies||National League||80-81||3rd||Philadelphia Phillies|
|2003||Philadelphia Phillies||National League||86-76||3rd||Philadelphia Phillies|
|2004||Philadelphia Phillies||National League||85-75||--||Philadelphia Phillies||replaced by Gary Varsho on October 2|