Larry Bowa Coming to Rider
LAWRENCEVILLE, NJ-Former Philadelphia Phillies player, coach and manager Larry Bowa will be the guest speaker at Rider's third annual "First Pitch Dinner" on January 29.
Bowa, who was cut from his high school team and went undrafted out of junior college, went on to win two Gold Glove Awards and led the National League in fielding percentage six times as a shortstop with "soft hands, strong arm and fiery personality."
Bowa retired with the NL record for career games at shortstop (2,222) and the major league records for career fielding percentage (.980) and single season fielding percentage (.991 in 1979) and was among the career leaders in assists (sixth with 6,857) and double plays (fourth, 1,265).
"We are excited to have Larry Bowa as our guest speaker," said Rider head coach Barry Davis. "His career speaks for itself and I am honored that he will take the time to share some of his baseball experiences with us as we celebrate our 2010 MAAC championship."
Bowa was a switch-hitter who batted .280 or better four times, including .305 in 1975, and also had nine seasons of 20 or more stolen bases. He batted .316 in the NLCS and .375 in the World Series in 1980 as the Phillies won the World Championship.
Bowa managed the San Diego Padres and was the Manager of the Year with the Philadelphia Phillies. He has also served as the third base coach for the 1993 National League Champion Phillies, the New York Yankees and the LA Dodgers.
The Dinner will be held January 29 at Mercer Oaks Country Club. A reception with Bowa, where fans can get autographs and have their pictures taken with him, will be held from 7pm to 8pm, prior to the dinner.
At the dinner the 2011 Rider baseball team, the defending Metro Atlantic Athletic Conference champions, will be introduced and will receive their 2010 Championship Rings. There will also be an auction and raffle.
Tickets are $150 for the reception and dinner, $100 just for the dinner. Corporate tables are available.
Contact The Rider Office of Alumni Relations for tickets at 609-896-5340