David Ross had a very successful baseball career that spanned a decade and a half. He won the World Series twice, most notably with the Chicago Cubs in 2016, who put an end to their famous Curse of the Billy Goat and ended the longest drought in history at the World Series Championship. After that season, Ross decided to hang up his fins, which put an end to his career.
Since retiring, Ross has also been involved in other activities, including Dancing with the Stars, where he was the first professional baseball player ever to participate in the show. Follow us as we reveal interesting details about David Ross’ career and personal life.
Bio (Age and Background Details)
David Wade Ross was born in Bainbridge, Georgia on March 19, 1977. As the son of David Ross senior and Jackie Ross, he grew up in Tallahassee, Florida. He is the middle and only male child in the family and has Shannon and Nikki as his older and younger sisters.
Ross comes from a family of athletes and was naturally drawn to sports. His father played professional softball while his mother played basketball, but that’s not all, a couple of David Ross’ uncles played college football. Ross’ first choice for sports while attending Florida High School in Tallahassee, Florida, was baseball. He played for the Florida High School Demons baseball team.
Ross produced such amazing statistics in high school that the Los Angeles Dodgers of the MLB called him in their 1995 amateur draft. However, he ignored the tempting offer and chose college instead. He had received a scholarship to Auburn University in Alabama, where he continued to play baseball.
His time at Auburn was short-lived, however, because after his team was eliminated in the 1997 College World Series, Ross transferred to the University of Florida and played on their Florida Gators baseball team. In the Gators, Ross played in the 1998 College World Series, making him one of the few baseball players who played in the World Series with two different colleges.
The LA Dodgers of the MLB kept an eye on him all the time and made him a second offer in 1998. This time Ross accepted to give up his last NCAA season. And then came June 29, 2002, the day Ross made his Major League Baseball debut with the Dodgers.
He would play with a handful of teams for the next 15 seasons. In 2005 he played for both the Pittsburgh Pirates and the San Diego Padres. His later teams included the Cincinnati Reds, the Boston Red Sox, the Atlanta Braves and the Chicago Cubs.
His first World Championship was held in 2013 when he returned to the Sox. After retiring from professional baseball, Ross served as a special assistant to the Cubs’ baseball operations for the 2017 season, revealing that he would be coaching baseball from his son’s baseball team.
David Ross did not stay out of the spotlight immediately after his retirement. He soon made history as the first professional baseball player to compete in Dancing with the Stars. Ross and his partner, Latin American ballroom dancer Lindsay Arnold, became runners-up.
Since his retirement, Ross has devoted most of his time to working with numerous charities in Chicago. Since January 2017 he has been working as a color analyst for ESPN.
David Ross’ Net Worth
Baseball made David Ross a millionaire. During his career, Ross earned an average annual salary of $3 million without sponsorship contracts. His sponsorship partners include The Bryzzo Souvenir Company.
His two-year deal with the Cincinnati Reds, signed in January 2006, was worth $4.5 million. After becoming a free agent after the 2008 season, Ross signed a two-year $3 million contract with the Atlanta Braves. His return to the Boston Red Sox in 2013 came after signing a two-year $6.2 million contract in November 2012. The most recent contract signed by his sponsor was a $5 million two-year deal with the Chicago Cubs that included a signing bonus of $500,000. All this and more contributes to David Ross’ estimated net worth of $11 million.
Family – Wife, and Kids
David Ross is a deeply rooted family man, a fact he has revealed to the media time and again. So it was no surprise when Ross revealed that his family would be his main focus after he retired. Along with his wife Hyla, Ross has three children. Hyla was his high school sweetheart, and they married sometime in 2009. Ross’ wife is a registered pediatric nurse who works in the intensive care unit.
Her children include two daughters named Landri and Harper and a son named Cole. Cole was reportedly rushed to the emergency room in March 2014, where he was diagnosed with asthma. Ross and his family live in Tallahassee, Florida.
- David Ross is a practicing Christian.
- His MLB career statistic is a batting average of 0.229, 106 home runs and 314 runs in.
- Ros hits and throws with his right hand.
- David Ross suffered two concussions in 2013. However, an early diagnosis helped to prolong his career.
- His book entitled “Team-mate: My Life in Baseball” was published in May 2017. It was co-written by Don Yaegar.