Wednesday, May 29, 2019


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.


  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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