Larry Bowa played 16 season in the Major Leagues, the majority of those years right in the middle of my childhood. And as I remember, he was a pretty good player.
Wikipedia seems to back me up: Bowa was a two-time Gold Glove Award winner and a five-time All Star. I think that counts as pretty good. And remember, part of his career overlapped that of one of the greater shortstops, Ozzie Smith.
His 1971 Topps card is pretty good too. Not quite Thurman Munson's card but a nice one nonetheless. And Hey, it has the giant trophy.
I once went to a breakfast honoring Boy Scouts in Philadelphia and Larry Bowa was the speaker. This much have been around 1993. I'm not a big autograph hound but I brought this card with me hoping to get Bowa to sign. There wasn't any opportunity to get near him but as I was leaving he came out of the bathroom as I was walking by and got him to sign.
Having Bowa and Mike Schmidt on the same side of the infield was a tough combo to beat. Two lionhearts, for sure.
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