David Ross remembers his Braves and Dodgers days on 'Old Baseball Cards'

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Like many of the guests on “Old Baseball Cards,” Yahoo Sports’ weekly dive into baseball nostalgia, David Ross was afraid he wouldn’t know anybody. Yes, that David Ross. The two-time World Series winner. The ESPN analyst. The “Dancing with the Stars” finalist. The man they affectionally call Grandpa Rossy in Chicago.

This seems like a fact of facts: You don’t near the nickname Grandpa Rossy without being around baseball for a while and knowing a TON of players.

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And would you know it? Ross knew just about everybody — from the Dodgers catcher who played with him early in his career and is now in the Hall of Fame, to the Braves players he grew up rooting for. As such, he had cool memories/stories/reactions to share about John Smoltz, Mike Piazza, Eric Karros, Eddie Murray and others. We opened 1996 Upper Deck and 1994 Topps Stadium Club and came across a number of players Ross knew in his 15-year MLB career.

David Ross talks about John Smoltz on “Old Baseball Cards.” (Yahoo Sports)
David Ross talks about John Smoltz on “Old Baseball Cards.” (Yahoo Sports)

He joined us on behalf of Coke and its “Share a Coke” campaign, so we also talked about which catchers in MLB right now he’d want to share a coke with. Through it all, it’s easy to see why everybody always loved David Ross — he’s nice, earnest and funny. Even when he accidentally spits on you.

If you’re new to our show, welcome. We open packs of baseball cards from the ’80s and ’90s with players, coaches and famous fans. Most of the cards are from the junk-wax era and aren’t worth much, but the stories and reactions we get from our guests are priceless. We have plenty of great episodes below. If you liked this one, might I also suggest the A.J. Ellis episode and the John Smoltz episode.

Previously on Old Baseball Cards
MUST-SEE EPISODES: Dave WinfieldTim Raines | Thomas Ian Nicholas aka Henry RowengartnerMike KrukowGary Vee | Randy Johnson | Felipe AlouGeorge BrettTorey Lovullo | Pedro Martinez | Bronson Arroyo | Eric Davis | Dusty Baker | Hank Azaria | Alex Rodriguez | Scott Boras | A.J. Ellis | Bernie Williams | Chase Utley | John Smoltz |  Best trades of 2017 | Best finds of 2017 | Best Guests of 2017 (Part 1) | Best Guests of 2017 (Part 2)

CROSSOVER EPISODES: The Miz | Metta World Peace

STARS FROM BACK IN THE DAY: J.J. PutzLuis GonzalezDuane KuiperEdgar MartinezRyne Sandberg | Frank Thomas | Sandy Alomar Jr. | Delino DeShields | Cliff Floyd | Dan Plesac | Aaron Boone | Bobby Bonilla | Andre Dawson  | Ivan Rodriguez | Jack Morris | Jeff Nelson | Mark Teixeira | Rick Ankiel | Kevin Millar

MANAGERS/COACHESTerry Francona | Joe Maddon | Bruce Bochy | Clint Hurdle | Buck Showalter | Brad Mills | Bob Melvin | Dave Roberts | Gabe Kapler | Alex Cora | Dave Martinez | Ron Gardenhire | Scott Servais

CURRENT PLAYERS: CC SabathiaCurtis Granderson | Noah Syndergaard | Kyle Hendricks | Clayton Kershaw | Todd Coffey | John Axford | Dee Gordon | Adam Eaton | Rajai Davis | Brad Ziegler & Tyler ClippardBuster Posey, David Price & Anthony Rizzo

CELEBS: Kurt BuschBill NyeHQ’s Scott Rogowsky | Mr. BeldingAlyssa Milano | Josh Duhamel | Joel McHale

ETC: Chris “Mad Dog” RussoJosh Kusnick | Jeff Passan | Ken Kendrick

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Mike Oz is a writer at Yahoo Sports. Contact him at mikeozstew@yahoo.com or follow him on Twitter!

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Mike Oz is a writer at Yahoo Sports. Contact him at mikeozstew@yahoo.com or follow him on Twitter!

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