Larry Bowa Stats

Larry Bowa was born on Thursday, December 6, 1945, in Sacramento, California. Bowa was 24 years old when he broke into the big leagues on April 7, 1970, with the Philadelphia Phillies. His biographical data, year-by-year hitting stats, fielding stats, pitching stats (where applicable), career totals, uniform numbers, salary data and miscellaneous items-of-interest are presented by Baseball Almanac on this comprehensive Larry Bowa baseball stats page.

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"Y'know everybody says I have good hands and everything, but the thing that makes a good shortstop is the footwork involved. If you have good footwork, if you can get to the ball, you can set up and get your body out of the way so you can make the throw. I think that's the most important thing." - Larry Bowa in Baseball and the Meaning of Life (Josh Leventhal, 09/25/2005, Voyageur Press, Page 83)

Larry Bowa

Larry Bowa Autograph on a 1981 Fleer (#2)

Larry Bowa Autograph on a 1981 Fleer (#2)

Birth Name:
Lawrence Robert Bowa
Nickname:
Gnat
Born On:
12-06-1945  (Sagittarius)
Place of Birth Data Born In:
Sacramento, California
Year of Death Data Died On:
Still Living ( 500 Oldest Living )
Place of Death Data Died In:
Still Living
Cemetery:
n/a
High School:
C.K. McClatchy High School (Sacramento, CA)
College:
Sacramento Community College
Batting Stances Chart Bats:
Both
Throwing Arms Chart Throws:
Right
Player Height Chart Height:
5-10
Player Weight Chart Weight:
155
First Game:
04-07-1970 (Age 24)
Last Game:
10-06-1985
Draft:
Undrafted Free Agent

Larry Bowa

Larry Bowa Pitching Stats

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Larry Bowa Hitting Stats

1970 25 Phillies 145 547 50 137 17 6 0 0 34 21 1 48 6 3 0 8 .250 .277 .303
1971 26 Phillies 159 650 74 162 18 5 0 0 25 36 2 61 4 1 5 4 .249 .293 .292
1972 27 Phillies 152 579 67 145 11 13 1 0 31 32 1 51 18 2 2 8 .250 .291 .320
1973 28 Phillies 122 446 42 94 11 3 0 0 23 24 8 31 4 1 1 5 .211 .252 .249
1974 29 Phillies 162 669 97 184 19 10 1 0 36 23 0 52 20 4 1 11 .275 .298 .338
1975 30 Phillies 136 583 79 178 18 9 2 0 38 24 0 32 17 2 2 9 .305 .334 .377
1976 31 Phillies 156 624 71 155 15 9 0 0 49 32 3 31 11 5 0 11 .248 .283 .301
1977 32 Phillies 154 624 93 175 19 3 4 1 41 32 2 32 13 6 0 11 .280 .313 .340
1978 33 Phillies 156 654 78 192 31 5 3 0 43 24 1 40 11 2 1 6 .294 .319 .370
1979 34 Phillies 147 539 74 130 17 11 0 0 31 61 5 32 12 6 1 11 .241 .316 .314
1980 35 Phillies 147 540 57 144 16 4 2 0 39 24 7 28 7 3 3 9 .267 .300 .322
1981 36 Phillies 103 360 34 102 14 3 0 0 31 26 2 17 4 1 0 8 .283 .331 .339
1982 37 Cubs 142 499 50 123 15 7 0 0 29 39 5 38 9 1 1 10 .246 .302 .305
1983 38 Cubs 147 499 73 133 20 5 2 0 43 35 1 30 6 4 0 3 .267 .312 .339
1984 39 Cubs 133 391 33 87 14 2 0 0 17 28 5 24 3 1 0 4 .223 .274 .269
1985 40 Cubs 72 195 13 48 6 4 0 0 13 11 2 20 5 1 0 3 .246 .285 .318
1985 40 Mets 14 19 2 2 1 0 0 0 2 2 0 2 1 0 0 0 .105 .190 .158
16 Years 2,247 8,418 987 2,191 262 99 15 1 525 474 45 569 151 43 17 121 .260 .300 .320

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Larry Bowa Fielding Stats

1970 Phillies 2B 1 0 6 0 0.0 0 0 0 0 0 n/a n/a n/a .000 0.00
1970 Phillies SS 143 141 3,733 633 4.4 620 202 418 13 69 n/a n/a n/a .979 4.48
1971 Phillies SS 157 156 4,229 843 5.4 832 272 560 11 97 n/a n/a n/a .987 5.31
1972 Phillies SS 150 147 3,925 715 4.8 706 212 494 9 88 n/a n/a n/a .987 4.86
1973 Phillies SS 122 118 3,102 564 4.6 552 191 361 12 87 n/a n/a n/a .979 4.80
1974 Phillies SS 162 161 4,276 730 4.5 718 256 462 12 104 n/a n/a n/a .984 4.53
1975 Phillies SS 135 135 3,588 655 4.9 630 227 403 25 82 n/a n/a n/a .962 4.74
1976 Phillies SS 156 155 4,080 689 4.4 672 180 492 17 90 n/a n/a n/a .975 4.45
1977 Phillies SS 154 154 4,037 753 4.9 740 222 518 13 94 n/a n/a n/a .983 4.95
1978 Phillies SS 156 155 4,052 736 4.7 726 224 502 10 87 n/a n/a n/a .986 4.84
1979 Phillies SS 146 146 3,814 683 4.7 677 229 448 6 80 n/a n/a n/a .991 4.79
1980 Phillies SS 147 147 3,880 691 4.7 674 225 449 17 70 n/a n/a n/a .975 4.69
1981 Phillies SS 102 100 2,532 437 4.3 426 117 309 11 50 n/a n/a n/a .975 4.54
1982 Cubs SS 140 138 3,599 623 4.5 606 210 396 17 64 n/a n/a n/a .973 4.55
1983 Cubs SS 145 141 3,580 705 4.9 694 230 464 11 102 n/a n/a n/a .984 5.23
1984 Cubs SS 132 123 3,097 611 4.6 595 217 378 16 64 n/a n/a n/a .974 5.19
1985 Cubs SS 66 60 1,548 297 4.5 288 91 197 9 34 n/a n/a n/a .970 5.02
1985 Mets 2B 4 3 72 16 4.0 16 9 7 0 2 n/a n/a n/a 1.000 6.00
1985 Mets SS 9 3 102 17 1.9 15 9 6 2 3 n/a n/a n/a .882 3.97
SS Totals 2,222 2,180 57,174 10,382 4.7 10,171 3,314 6,857 211 1,265 n/a n/a n/a .980 4.80
2B Totals 5 3 78 16 3.2 16 9 7 0 2 n/a n/a n/a 1.000 5.54
16 Years 2,227 2,183 57,252 10,398 4.7 10,187 3,323 6,864 211 1,267 n/a n/a n/a .980 4.80

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Larry Bowa Miscellaneous Stats

1970 Phillies 24 13 .649 0 3 n/a 0.0 11.4 16.1 - - -
1971 Phillies 28 11 .718 0 2 n/a 0.0 10.7 26.0 - - -
1972 Phillies 17 9 .654 0 3 n/a 579.0 11.4 18.7 - - -
1973 Phillies 10 6 .625 1 1 n/a 0.0 14.4 19.4 - - -
1974 Phillies 39 11 .780 0 1 n/a 669.0 12.9 18.6 - - -
1975 Phillies 24 6 .800 1 0 n/a 291.5 18.2 15.3 - - -
1976 Phillies 30 8 .789 0 0 n/a 0.0 20.1 12.7 - - -
1977 Phillies 32 3 .914 0 0 n/a 156.0 19.5 15.2 - - -
1978 Phillies 27 5 .844 0 0 n/a 218.0 16.4 15.2 - - -
1979 Phillies 20 9 .690 0 0 n/a 0.0 16.8 17.4 - - -
1980 Phillies 21 6 .778 0 0 n/a 270.0 19.3 13.8 - - -
1981 Phillies 16 7 .696 1 0 n/a 0.0 21.2 11.6 - - -
1982 Cubs 8 3 .727 2 2 n/a 0.0 13.1 17.2 - - -
1983 Cubs 7 3 .700 4 0 n/a 249.5 16.6 11.6 - - -
1984 Cubs 10 4 .714 2 3 n/a 0.0 16.3 23.0 - - -
1985 Cubs 5 1 .833 2 5 n/a 0.0 9.8 15.0 - - -
1985 Mets 0 0 .000 1 3 n/a 0.0 9.5 9.5 - - -
16 Years 318 105 .752 14 23 n/a 561.2 14.8 16.0 - - -

Larry Bowa

Larry Bowa Miscellaneous Items of Interest

1970 Philadelphia Phillies 10 $12,000.00 - -
1971 Philadelphia Phillies 10 $12,750.00 - -
1972 Philadelphia Phillies 10 $13,500.00 - -
1973 Philadelphia Phillies 10 $55,000.00 - -
1974 Philadelphia Phillies 10 $75,000.00 Stats -
1975 Philadelphia Phillies 10 $100,000.00 Stats -
1976 Philadelphia Phillies 10 $120,000.00 Stats -
1977 Philadelphia Phillies 10 $150,000.00 - -
1978 Philadelphia Phillies 10 $225,000.00 Stats -
1979 Philadelphia Phillies 10 $225,000.00 Stats -
1980 Philadelphia Phillies 10 $350,000.00 - Stats
1981 Philadelphia Phillies 10 $350,000.00 - -
1982 Chicago Cubs 1 $500,000.00 - -
1983 Chicago Cubs 1 $500,000.00 - -
1984 Chicago Cubs 1 $500,000.00 - -
1985 Chicago Cubs 1 $525,000.00 - -
1985 New York Mets 2 "     " - -
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Did you know that Larry Bowa stepped up to the plate on April 10, 1971 , faced off against Bill Stoneman of the Montreal Expos , and hit a sharp single to right field in the bottom of the first inning at Veterans Stadium - the first hit in ballpark history?
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Larry Bowa | The Sporting News | July 22, 1978

Did you know that Larry Bowa once held the Major League record for best fielding average in a single season by a National League shortstop? In 1979, Gnat played one-hundred forty-six games at short, handled six-hundred eighty-three chances, committed only six errors, and finished with a record setting .991 fielding average. Tony Fernandez broke the record ten years later, with a .992 fielding average in 1989. In 1999, ten years later again, Rey Ordonez had a .994 fielding average, setting a new fielding record that remains in the record book today.

Did you know that Larry Bowa was the best fielding shortstop in the National League in 1971 (.987), 1972 (.987), 1974 (.984), 1978 (.986), 1979 (.991), and 1983 (.984)? His six years leading the league were a National League fielding record for most seasons leading the senior circuit until Ozzie Smith tied him in 1987, then set the current mark at seven when The Wizard led again in 1991.

Did you know that Larry Bowa won a Gold Glove in 1972, the third by a Philadelphia Phillies shortstop behind Bobby Wine (1963) and Ruben Amaro (1964)? When Gnat won his second Gold Glove in 1978, he became the first Phillies ' shortstop to win a Gold Glove at short more than once. The six year seperation (1972 / 1978), is the most by any National League shortstop since Rawlings started giving the award in 1957.

Phillies Centennial Team
Phillies Centennial Team | Wall of Fame Plaque | Citizens Bank Park
The Philadelphia Baseball Wall of Fame is a collection of plaques, mounted on a brick wall in the Ashburn Alley section of Citizens Bank Park. From 1978 to 2003, the Phillies inducted one figure from their franchise history and one notable person from the Philadelphia Athletics (A's) organization each year, with the exception of 1983, when the Phillies inducted their Centennial Team. Their Centennial Team commemorates the best players of the first 100 years in franchise history and Mcgraw made the team which includes: Richie Ashburn (OF), Bob Boone (C), Larry Bowa (SS), Steve Carlton (LHP), Del Ennis (OF), Dallas Green (MGR), Jim Konstanty (RHP), Garry Maddox (OF), Tug McGraw (LHP), Robin Roberts (RHP), Pete Rose (1B), Mike Schmidt (3B) and Manny Trillo (2B).

After hanging up his playing-cleats in 1985, Larry Bowa began a career in baseball that is nothing short of impressive: 1986 - Manager of the Las Vegas Stars (Pacific Coast League), 1987 through 1988 - Manager of the San Diego Padres, 1989 through 1996 - coach for the Philadelphia Phillies, 1997 through 1999 - third base coach for the Anaheim Angels, 2000 - third base coach for the Seattle Mariners, 2001 through 2004 - Manager of the Philadelphia Phillies, 2005 - analyst for ESPN and XM Radio, 2006 through 2007 - third base coach for the New York Yankees, 2008 through 2010 - third base coach for the Los Angeles Dodgers, 2011 through 2013 - studio analyst for MLB Network (MLB Tonight), 2013 - bench coach for Team USA in the World Baseball Classic, and in 2014 - bench coach for the Philadelphia Phillies!

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