A stocky lefthanded hitter with good power and little speed, Gross was the A's starting
third baseman as a rookie in 1977, and with 22 HR was the last-place club's lone
representative at the All-Star Game that year. He hit only .233, though, and began
the 1978 season at Vancouver (Pacific Coast League) before rejoining the A's for
good after 17 games. Gross played regularly with Oakland, either at third or first,
until he was traded to the Orioles for Tim Stoddard after the 1983 season. He hit
.216 as Baltimore's third baseman in 1984, and matched his rookie year and career-high
HR output with 22.
FROM THE BASEBALL CHRONOLOGY
»May 3, 1980:
In a 5–3 win over Detroit, two Oakland runners successfully steal home. Wayne Gross and Dwayne Murphy are the thieves. Murphy will steal home again May 28.
»June 12, 1983:
In another extra-inning battle at Oakland the White Sox outslug Oakland to win, 12–10. The Sox score three in the top of the 10th, but the A's match it when Dwayne Murphy and Wayne Gross hit back-to-back homers. The Sox then score a pair in the 11th on a triple and home run to win.
»August 12, 1985: Baltimore's Wayne Gross and Larry Sheets connect for back-to-back solo pinch homers in the 9th inning, off Cleveland's Jerry Reed, but it is not enough to overcome the Indians 5-run 1st inning. The Tribe wins, 8–5. It's the 2nd time that a pair of Orioles have pinch hit back to back homers, and just the 2nd time in American League history.