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David Ross -- 9 things to know about the 'Dancing with the Stars' celebrity


By Elizabeth Kwiatkowski, 05/15/2017 

David Ross is one of four celebrities left, ready to duke it out in the semifinals round of Dancing with the Stars' 24th season. 

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David is the first pro baseball player to ever appear on Dancing with the Stars, and at age 39 with seemingly no dance experience, he's probably surprised he made it this far with his professional partner Lindsay Arnold.

David is a recently retired MLB catcher who currently works as a special assistant for the Chicago Cubs team and TV baseball analyst for ESPN.

David is up against some tough competition, including fellow athlete Rashad Jennings. David would admit he's not the best dancer in the competition, but he certainly has stage presence, personality and determination. Can those traits carry him to the finals? 

Below is a list of 9 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.

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

- 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 joined the Pittsburgh Pirates, the Cincinnati Reds, the Kansas City Royals, the Boston Red Sox, the Atlanta Braves, and the Chicago Cubs.  

- David won two World Series championships with the Red Sox in 2013 and the Cubs in 2016, and he became the oldest player -- at 39 -- to hit a home run in Game 7 of the World Series last year.

- 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.

- 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.


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