Greg Gross

Baseball Player and Coach
Born Aug 1, 1952

Gregory Eugene Gross, is a former professional baseball player who played in the Major Leagues from 1973–1989, playing for the Chicago Cubs, Houston Astros, and Philadelphia Phillies. He was formerly the hitting coach of the Philadelphia Phillies, being dismissed on October 3rd, 2012. Gross was best known for his clutch pinch-hits as a Phillie, and holds the Phillies career record in pinch hits with 117.… Read More

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1952 Birth Born on August 1, 1952.


1970 17 Years Old He led the league in hits in 1970 while playing for Covington in the Appalachian League, batting .351. … Read More
1971 18 Years Old In 1971, Gross was promoted to the Columbus Astros of the Southern League, where he played outfield and first base.
1972 19 Years Old In 1972, Gross played most of the season at Columbus, and was promoted later on in the season to the Oklahoma City 89ers, which was the Astros' AAA farm club.


1973 20 Years Old 1 More Event
In 1973, Gross started the season with the Denver Bears, which by that point had become the Astros' new AAA farm club.
1974 21 Years Old 1 More Event
In 1974, Gross became the Astros' starting right fielder and leadoff hitter, playing in 156 games and batting .314. … Read More
1975 22 Years Old In 1975 and 1976, Gross continued to be a starting outfielder for the Astros, hitting .294 and .286, respectively. … Read More
1977 24 Years Old In 1977, Gross hit his first major-league home run, connecting a total of five times while hitting .322 in 115 games.
1978 25 Years Old After a busy 1978 season, Gross was traded by the Cubs on February 23, to the Philadelphia Phillies with Manny Trillo and Dave Rader for Jerry Martin, Barry Foote, Ted Sizemore, Derek Botelho and Henry Mack.
1980 27 Years Old Gross established himself as a key platoon outfielder and first baseman for the Phillies, getting to play in the 1980 League Championship Series (he went 3-for-4—all pinch hits—with 1 RBI in 4 games), the 1980 World Series (he went 0-for-2 in 4 games), the 1983 League Championship Series (he went 0-for-5 in 4 games with a run scored), and in the 1983 World Series (he went 0-for-6 in 2 games). … Read More
1982 29 Years Old In 1982, he led the league in pinch hits with 19. … Read More


1988 35 Years Old Gross remained with the Phillies through the 1988 season, in which he hit just .203 in 133 at-bats but posted the unusual statistic of striking out just 3 times during the entire season. … Read More
Despite his historic success as a prolific pinch-hitter, Gross struggled as a pinch-hitter with the Astros in 1989, hitting just .184 (7-for-38).
1990 37 Years Old 1 More Event
Gross had hoped to be invited to a major-league club for a tryout in 1990.
Gross came to spring training at the recommendation of his old teammate and then-Phillies coach Larry Bowa, who had asked then-Padres manager Greg Riddoch to invite Gross to camp. "I love this game so much," Gross told the Los Angeles Times in an article that appeared on February 28, 1991. "I can't leave it alone. … Read More


1995 42 Years Old In 1995, Gross worked as a first-base coach for the Ravens, and then stayed with the club for the 1996 season as well. … Read More
1997 44 Years Old He served in that capacity in 1997 through 2000.
2000 47 Years Old Gross quit the Rockies at the end of the 2000 season to become a bench coach for the Philadelphia Phillies in 2001.
2002 49 Years Old In 2002, Gross became the Phillies' hitting instructor.


2004 - 2005 2 More Events
2008 55 Years Old Then, on December 13,, Gross was named the 2008 hitting coach for the Phillies' Triple-A Lehigh Valley IronPigs minor league team.
2010 57 Years Old On July 22, 2010, it was announced he would take over as hitting coach for the Philadelphia Phillies.
2012 59 Years Old On October 3, 2012, Greg was fired from his position of hitting coach by the Philadelphia Phillies when they decided not to renew his contract for the 2013 season. … Read More


2013 60 Years Old Greg Gross is now with Arizona Diamondback Organization as he is currently the Reno Aces Triple A Hitting Coach for 2013 season.
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