- Bats Right, Throws Right
- Height 5'9 ", Weight 165 lb.
Paul Bowa, the father of Larry Bowa and grandfather of Nick Johnson, was a minor league infielder who reached as high as AAA with the Sacramento Solons in 1944. He was also a minor league manager in the St. Louis Cardinals chain. His brother Frank Bowa was a minor league infielder.
Paul debuted in 1941 with the Merced Bears, hitting .250. He did not play from 1942-1943 or 1945, possibly due to military service. In 1944, Paul hit .221/~.236/.221 in 145 AB as a backup 3B and pinch-hitter for Sacramento. In 1946, Bowa batted .296/~.361/.358 with 47 steals and 81 runs in 101 games, 98 for the Fresno Cardinals and 3 for the Stockton Ports. He was second to Tommy Glaviano in stolen bases in the California League. Bowa fielded .909 at third base, good for second-best among the league's regulars there.
In 1947, Paul wrapped up his career with a .292 average, 2 HR and 30 RBI for the Duluth Dukes. Bowa managed Fresno for part of 1946 and Duluth in 1947.
Year-by-Year Managerial Record
|1946||Fresno Cardinals||California League||18-26||5th||St. Louis Cardinals||replaced Everett Johnston (40-52) on August 2|
|1947||Duluth Dukes||Northern League||60-55||4th||St. Louis Cardinals||Lost in first round|