Kevin Frank Gross (born June 8, 1961 in Downey, California) is a former Major League Baseball pitcher who played from 1983 through 1997.
Gross played for five different teams during his career: the Philadelphia Phillies (1983–1988), Montreal Expos (1989–1990), Los Angeles Dodgers (1991–1994), Texas Rangers (1995–1996), and Anaheim Angels (1997). He made his Major League Baseball debut on June 25, 1983, pitching 6 1⁄3 innings, surrendering 2 earned runs to the New York Mets en route to a 4–2 victory. He played his final game on July 25, 1997.
On August 10, 1987, Gross was caught pitching with an illegal substance, sandpaper, in his glove, and he was suspended for 10 games. He was selected to the National League All-Star team in 1988. On August 17, 1992, as a member of the Los Angeles Dodgers, Gross threw a no-hitter versus their rivals, the San Francisco Giants, in a 2-0 victory.
On September 9, 1986, Gross surrendered the first of Rafael Palmeiro's 569 career home runs.
In 2002 he was named to the Ventura County Sports Hall of Fame.
- ^ "Jun 25, 1983, Phillies at Mets Play by Play and Box Score". baseball-reference.com. sports-reference.com. June 25, 1983. Retrieved August 19, 2014.
- ^ "Biggest cheaters in baseball". espn.go.com. Retrieved July 14, 2014.
- ^ "Hall of Fame Members / 2002 – Kevin Gross". Ventura County Sports Hall of Fame. Retrieved July 14, 2014.
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