Wednesday, May 29, 2019

NICKNAMES OF THE 1970'S- 1975 LARRY "GNAT" BOWA

Time to go and give former All-Star shortstop Larry “Gnat” Bowa a “Nicknames of the 1970’s” card in my long-running series through the wind decade:


Bowa is really kind of overlooked these days when it comes to his playing days, taking home a couple of Gold Gloves and being named to five All-Star games during the 1970’s.
He was part of a resurgent Philadelphia Phillies team that also had guys like Steve Carlton, Mike Schmidt, Dave cash and Greg Luzinski, helping the organization head to the post-season for the first time since 1950.
It’s funny to think that Bowa was given a nickname like “Gnat”, or even “Pee Wee” considering the man was 5’10” tall. In my neighborhood of Italian-Americans at the time of his playing days that made you one of the taller dudes!
Nevertheless, by the time Bowa hung up the cleats after 16-years, he finished with over 2000 hits, 300 stolen bases and just under 1000 runs scored.
I loved his time as a coach for the New York Yankees, and to be honest I was hoping he’d be the guy to take over for Joe Torre back in 2008, the gig that eventually went to Joe Girardi.
Oh well.

2 comments:

  1. Nice looking card, love the color scheme. I always liked Bowa and thought he was underrated. Never new his nickname was Gnat. Wasn't surprised until you noted he was 5'10". I thought he was like 5'6" or smaller, kind of like Patek. I guess he got it because he was feisty.

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