Here’s a “Dedicated Rookie” for Philadelphia Phillies great Larry Bowa, who was about to make a name for himself over the next 16 years as a player before moving on to coaching and managing:
The future five-time all-star and two-time Gold Glove winner would make a
great addition to guys like Greg Luzinski, Garry Maddox and Mike
Schmidt, helping the organization become a powerhouse in their division
later in the decade.
Bowa would make an immediate impact, finishing third in National League
Rookie of the Year voting, and if it wasn’t for a guy named Dave
Concepcion of the “Big Red Machine” Cincinnati Reds, would have been the
perennial N.L. Short Stop in the all-star game between 1974 and 1980.
Nevertheless, Bowa wrapped up his solid career with a half season
playing for the New York Mets in 1985 after three and a half years with
the Chicago Cubs, playing his entire career in the National league East,
and finishing with 2191 hits, a .260 average, 318 stolen bases and just
under 1000 runs scored with 987.