Larry Bowa: Ambassador

Lawrence Robert Bowa is a former professional baseball shortstopmanager, and coach in Major League Baseball (MLB), who played for the Philadelphia PhilliesChicago Cubs, and New York Mets. Bowa went on to manage the San Diego Padres and Phillies, and is currently a senior advisor to the general manager of the Phillies.

Bowa was born in Sacramento, California, the son of Paul Bowa, a former minor-league infielder and manager in the St. Louis Cardinals farm system. While at C. K. McClatchy High School, Bowa tried out but never made the school’s baseball team. After graduation, Bowa went to Sacramento City College where he started, and was expected to go in the MLB Draft, but didn’t. The Philadelphia Phillies were the only Major League team interested in Bowa. After 4 years in the minors, he made the Phillies’ roster at the age of 24 in 1970.