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David Ross -- 8 things to know about the 'Dancing with the Stars' celebrity


By Elizabeth Kwiatkowski, 05/08/2017 

David Ross and his professional partner Lindsay Arnold are one of five couples remaining on Dancing with the Stars' 24th season having survived seven weeks of competition already. 

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David, 39, probably never expected to make it this far, but he's certainly holding his own against some tough competitors, including the bubbly and energetic Simone Biles and the very smooth Rashad Jennings.

David is a recently retired MLB catcher who became the first pro baseball player to ever compete on Dancing with the Stars this season. He currently works as a special assistant for the Chicago Cubs team and TV baseball analyst for ESPN.

David thought he was going home last week, but The Bachelor star Nick Viall and iconic figure skater Nancy Kerrigan were eliminated instead. Will there be another upset on the next Monday night show during which the couples must each perform two complete routines? Will David advance to the semi-finals?

Below is a list of 8 facts Reality TV World has compiled about David Ross:

- David was born in Bainbridge, GA, in 1977. He attended Florida State University's laboratory school, Florida High School, in Tallahassee.

- He is one of few players to play in the College World Series with two different colleges, first with the Auburn University Tigers in Alabama in 1997, and then with the University of Florida Gators in 1998.

- David is married to his high school sweetheart, Hyla Ross, and the couple has three children together: Landri, Cole and Harper.

- The DWTS contestant launched his major league baseball career by playing for the Los Angeles Dodgers in 2002.

He later went on to win two World Series with the Boston Red Sox in 2013 and then the Chicago Cubs in 2016. He became the oldest player -- at 39 -- to hit a home run in Game 7 of the World Series last year.

- David has a memoir published by Hachette Books coming out on May 9, 2017 titled Teammate: My Journey in Baseball and a World Series for the Ages.

- In 2013, David missed two months of the baseball season after suffering a concussion thanks to consecutive foul balls to the head, and it changed his mood swings and behavior. Now, he raises awareness for the condition.

- He once made a special appearance with actor and comedian Bill Murray, 66, on Saturday Night Live. The pair, along with two fellow Cubs players, performed a rendition of their team's theme song "Go Cubs Go" on the show.

- David earned the nicknames "Grandpa Rossy" and "Father Time" from his baseball teammates because of his age and years spent in major league baseball, but the last laugh is on them because he became the oldest player to hit a home run in Game 7 of the World Series.

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