Who doesn’t love Grandpa Rossy?
His statistics may not have ever jumped off the page, but he was a serviceable starting catcher at his best, and he knew how to lead.
Ross has more attention on him now than ever before, but in 1997, he put his name on the map for the first time with the Auburn Tigers.
David Ross’ Walk-Off Home Run
David Ross and Auburn baseball were playing in the Tallahassee Regional with a College World Series appearance on the line.
Ross was born in Georgia, but spent most of his life in Tallahassee and went to high school in the area. This NCAA at-bat was even more important to him.
The Tigers trailed 7-3 heading into the bottom of the ninth, but after a single and a two-run home run, they were back in business.
Down 7-5, Ross’ teammate Tim Hudson took a walk, and a Derek Reif single put the go-ahead run at the plate.
Ross drove the ball, and everyone in the dugout knew what he had done immediately. The walk-off home run gave the Tigers an upset victory, and Auburn fans everywhere rejoiced.
Of course, Ross didn’t just disappear from the public eye after Auburn University. He had a lengthy MLB career, spending time with teams like the Los Angeles Dodgers, San Diego Padres, Cincinnati Reds, Atlanta Braves, Boston Red Sox, and of course, the Chicago Cubs.
Ross showed out in his final season in 2016, hitting yet another clutch postseason home run. He was instrumental in Chicago’s first World Series championship since 1908.
David Ross is revered by all, and he had a knack for heroics. Time will tell if he can lead the Cubs to another World Series title.