'Bo' forged a fabled history in red pinstripes across the past six decades. Originally signed as an amateur free agent by the team in 1965, the 'Gnat' became part of the iconic 1970s' squad that won the World Series in 1980.
Later, Bowa worked for the team as a third base coach in the late 1980s through the mid-1990s. He has always been as much a part of 'Macho Row' as any of the men who played baseball in Philadelphia.
Every hardcore fan knows that Ed Wade's decision to have Bowa lead the 2001-2004 teams was critical to the resurgence of the franchise. That human spark is rightly credited with re-establishing an atmosphere that eventually developed into a second World Series' storm in 2008.
Bowa has thrived under a variety of other managers through the years, including the legendary Joe Torre. Sandberg's choice and the Phillies' acceptance of this still-fiery alumni, goes well beyond filling an open slot.
'Ryno' decided to work his way toward a big league managerial job by working his way through the minor leagues. Now that this Hall of Famer has achieved his second diamond dream, he's chosen to put his trust in a lifer who has a mighty work ethic and an even stronger set of opinions about how the game should be played. Only a secure man wants someone like that by his side.