FOR THE INQUIRER
1981: Larry Bowa wasn't the biggest member of those Phillies of the '70s and early '80s. He certainly wasn't the most talented member of those Phillies. But somehow, Bowa seemed to define that era more than anyone else in uniform - more than Mike Schmidt, more than Steve Carlton, more than Greg Luzinski, more than any of them.
Was it because he was the most hyperactive member of those Phillies - always talking, always bouncing, always moving the meter in some direction or other? Or was it because he was exactly what Philadelphians love most - a fire-breathing, dust-flying overachiever who rose above the super-coolness in the group around him to play baseball with that daily lava flow of energy and emotion?