Greg Gross, OF

1980 Statistics
Games �Hits �HR RBI Avg.
1980 � � 127 23

0

10

.240
LCS � � � � 4 � � �3

0

1

.750
WS � � � � 4 � � �0

0

0

.000
Born: �York, Pa., 8/1/52... �B-L, T-L... �5'11", 175 lbs

Greg Gross was one of the major weapons used by the Phillies off the bench. He was a key pinch hitter, especially during the LCS. �Actually, Gross's biggest hit may have been the shortest. Gross came up in the 8th inning of the 5th and deciding game of the LCS, with the Phillies losing 5-2. With Bowa and Boone on, Gross laid down a textbook bunt down the third base line and beat it out for a hit. The Phillies scored five runs in that inning, and went on to win the game 8-7.

Greg Gross

World Series Linescores

AB

R

H

RBI

HR

Game 1

1

0

0

0

0

Game 2

1

0

0

0

0

Game 3

0

0

0

0

0

Game 6

1

0

0

0

0

Lifetime Statistics

Year

Team

AB

Runs

Hits

HR

RBI

Avg.

1973

Astros

� � 39 �� �5 � � �9

��0

� 1

.231

1974

Astros

589 � �78 � 185

��0

36

.314

1975

Astros

483 � �67 � 142

��0

41

.294

1976

Astros

426 52 � 122

��0

27

.286

1977

Cubs

239 43 � �77

��5

32

.322

1978

Cubs

347 ��34 � �92 ��1 39

.265

1979

Phillies

174 ��21 � �58 ��0 15

.333

1980

Phillies

154 ��19 � �37 ��0 12

.240

1981

Phillies

102 ��14 � �23 ��0 � 7

.225

1982

Phillies

134 ��14 � �40 ��0 10

.299

1983

Phillies

��245 ��25 � �74 ��0 29

.302

1984

Phillies

202 ��19 � �65 ��0 16

.322

1985

Phillies

��169 ��21 � �44 ��0 14

.260

1986

Phillies

101 ��11 � �25 ��0 � 8

.248

1987

Phillies

133 ��14 � �38 ��1 12

.286

1988

Phillies

133 ��10 � �27 ��0 � 5

.203

1989

Phillies

� � 75 �� �2 � �15 ��0 � 4 .200

TOTALS

1809 449 1073 ��7 308

.287

From The Phillies 1980 Media Guide:

How Obtained:Acquired from Cubs along with Manny Trillo and Dave Rader, 2/23/79, for Barry Foote, Jerry Martin, Ted Sizemore, Derek Botelho and Henry Mack.

1979 Season: �Saw little action the first part of the season but played more the second half due to Greg Luzinski's leg problems... �Played all three outfield positions... �Had 126 AB second half of the season compared to just 48 the first half... �Hit .333 and raised his career average to .298... �Batted .390 in September with 59 AB, the most action he saw all year... �Had 14 hits as a pinch-hitter and batted .275... �Had an eight-game hitting streak.

Career: �Opted for his free agency at the end of 1979, then re-signed with the Phillies after being drafted by nine teams including the Phillies... �Twice hit over .300 before this season, .314 with Houston in 1974 and .322 with the Cubs in 1977... �Was THE SPORTING NEWS Rookie of the Year in 1974 and runner-up to Bake McBride for the same award by the Baseball Writers Association.

Personal/Misc: �Graduate of Red Lands High School in Etters, Pa., Signed after high school by the Astros... �Now makes his home in the suburban Philadelphia area... �He and wife Debbie had their second child, Michael, last fall.

From The Phillies 1981 Media Guide:

1980 Season: �Saw limited playing time but still was one of team's most valuable and certainly its most versatile player... �His AB dropped to a career low 154 and his average suffered from lack of playing time... �Hit .256 as a pinch hitter with 5 RBI... �Played all three outfield positions... �Hit .253 second half of the season... �Won two games with 8th inning pinch hits.

1980 Post Season: �Had three pinch hits in LCS and all were important: �the biggest was his bunt single off Nolan Ryan to load the bases in the Phils five-run 8th that helped lift them to a win in LCS # 5 and into the World Series... �Had just 2 AB in the WS.

Career: �Was THE SPORTING NEWS Rookie of the Year in 1974 and runner-up to Bake McBride for the same award by the BBWAA... �Hit .314 with Houston in 1974 and .322 with the Cubs in 1977... �Has a .295 lifetime average... �Batted .333 for the Phillies in 1979 and .275 as a pinch hitter... �Opted for free agency after the 1979 season but re-signed with the Phillies through 1984.

Personal/Misc: �Graduate of Red Lands High School in Etters, Pa.... �Originally signed by the Astros out of high school... �Played winter ball for six weeks in Puerto Rico to work on his first base play and get some at bats; he left immediately after the World Series to play for Art Howe's club... �Makes his permanent home in suburban Philadelphia.

From The 1980 Phillies Yearbook:
  • Favorite Color: �Blue- to accent those icy blue eyes
  • Favorite Singer/Group: �Kenny Rogers
  • Favorite Song: �The Gambler
  • Favorite City: �Philadelphia- always wanted to play here
  • Least Favorite City: �New York- all those hotel doors jimmied
  • Person You'd Most Like To Meet: �Johnny Carson because he's met everyone
  • Boyhood Idol(s): �Mickey Mantle and Hank Aaron
  • Biggest Turn-On: �My family
  • Biggest Turn-Off: �Finishing 4th last year
  • Favorite Subject in School: �History and Psychology
  • Favorite TV Show: �Quincy
  • Favorite Book: �The Moneychangers
  • Person You Most Admire: �My parents
  • Greatest Achievement: �Playing major league baseball
  • Most Memorable Moment: �Hitting two consecutive home runs in Atlanta in 1977
  • Hobbies: �Golf and racquetball
  • Toughest Pitcher You've Faced: �John Candelaria

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