Turkey Gross: A True Red Sox Legend

Sit down, boys and girls, as I tell you the tale of a legend around these parts who goes by the name of Turkey Gross. You see, Turkey Gross was a shortstop for the Boston Red Sox who played in nine, count 'em, nine games with the team in the 1925 season at the age of 29.

Well, actually, that's all there is to it.

But seriously, how awesome is that name? For the record, he does exist and did play for the Sox in 1925. Officially, he goes by the name of Ewell Gross, but acquired the nickname of 'Turkey' along the way (reason unknown).

Gross was born on February 21, 1896 in Mesquite, Texas. He was listed at a mere 165 pounds and was six feet tall. In his entire MLB career, which only lasted nine games (all with the Sox), he was 3-for-32 had a .094 batting average with zero home runs and only two RBI. In the field, he had 42 defensive chances and only committed one error and turned four double plays. Sadly, he died 10 years later after his amazing career. Truly, this man is one of the greats of this historic franchise. 

And don't even get me started on his feelings about turkey...

(Thanks to ESPN stats guru Jeremy Lundbland for bringing his name to light).

For more Boston Red Sox coverage, visit our team page and blog, Over The Monster.

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