A native of Riverside, Wayne Gross was an all-league performer in both baseball and football at Poly High School. He went on to participate in both sports at Cal Poly Pomona from 1970-1975. Selected by the Oakland Athletics in the 9th round of the Major League Baseball draft, Gross was promoted to the major leagues less than a year later and went on to an outstanding career from 1976-1986. He was selected to the American League All-Star team in 1977, with a career-high 22 home runs and 63 runs batted in. In 1984, Wayne was traded to the Baltimore Orioles and again hit 22 home runs. After the 1985 season, he returned to Oakland to complete his final season. He played in over 1,000 Major League games, with over 700 hits. Wayne was inducted into the Cal Poly Pomona Hall of Fame in 1988 and made a cameo as a relief pitcher for the Chicago White Sox in the 1994 Disney movie, “Angels in the Outfield”.