Tallahassee's David Ross helps Cubs end World Series drought

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By: WCTV Eyewitness News
November 3, 2016

TALLAHASSEE, Fla. (WCTV) -- One of Tallahassee's own can check off 'World Series hero' on his bucket list.

Had locally-grown David Ross not hit a solo home run in the sixth inning of the deciding World Series game Wednesday night, the Chicago Cubs could have found themselves on the wrong side of history, again.

The solo shot ended up extending the Cubs' run count to six, which the Cleveland Indians caught up to after scoring three runs in the eighth inning.

The Cubs went on to win the game 8-7 in a ten-inning game that went on to almost 1 a.m. after a rain delay.

Born in Bainbridge, Ross attended and played at Florida High before playing college baseball for the University of Florida after transferring from Auburn.

His Major League Baseball career saw several stops including with the Los Angeles Dodgers, Cincinnati Reds, Atlanta Braves and Boston Red Sox.

He won the World Series with the Red Sox in 2013, but perhaps the sweetest moment of his career was helping the Cubs end a 108-year championship drought in his final game.

Ross, a 39-year-old catcher, decided to retire after the 2016 season.

He became the oldest player to hit a home run in a game 7 of the World Series.

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