Chicago Cubs catcher David Ross was the recipient of a yearlong retirement party as he planned to walk away from the game, but he had one final trick up his sleeve as he hit a home run in Game 7 of the World Series.
That home run, which came off of Indians closer Andrew Miller, gave the Cubs a three-run lead in the game, but more importantly, etched Ross’ name into the record books.
With the home run, Ross became the oldest player in Major League history to hit a home run in a World Series Game 7, beating Pittsburgh Pirates great Willie Stargell by three whole days to set the record.
The incredible nature of the record isn’t just limited to the home run either. Stargell hit his home run in the 1979 World Series while playing as a member of the Pirates. That team just so happens to be the last team to come back from a 3-1 World Series deficit by winning their final two games on the road.
If Ross is able to duplicate that feat, then his final game on a Major League diamond will become even more memorable.
Note: The first version of this story said that Ross was the oldest player to hit a home run in a World Series game. The correct stat was that Ross is the oldest player to hit a home run in Game 7.