Frank Gross attended Cooperstown Dreams
Park as a member of the Florida Rays (FL)
during Week 3 in 1998. A two-run home run
on July 7, 1998 was one of the highlights
of his stay at Cooperstown Dreams
The year following his stay at Cooperstown
Dreams Park, Frank attended a baseball
camp in St. Petersburg, FL, where he had
the opportunity to have Cal Ripken, Jr.,
pitch to him.
Frank continued his baseball career at
Indian Rocks Christian School (Largo, FL).
A star pitcher, Frank graduated in 2004.
He was awarded an athletic scholarship to
Trinity International University
(Deerfield, IL) where he played one season
(2005). Frank transferred to Southeastern
University (Lakeland, FL) and played
baseball his sophomore season (2006).
Frank made the move to Full Sail
University (Winter Park, FL) for his final
two years of school. Although not playing
baseball, Frank earned a Bachelor's Degree
in Digital Arts in 2008 and a Master's
Degree in Entertainment Business in
In May 2010, Frank made the decision to
enlist in the Army. He graduated as the
most distinguished honor graduate while at
Advance Individual Training at Fort Gordon
(Augusta, GA), graduated from Airborne
School (Fort Benning, Columbus, GA),
earned the Rifle Marksmanship Award, and
was chosen to be a part of the Super Squad
during basic training. On June 28, 2011,
Frank, who was part of the 2nd Battalion,
38th Cavalry Regiment, 504th Battlefield
Surveillance Brigade, out of Fort Hood,
TX, was deployed to Afghanistan.
It is with our deepest regret that
Specialist Frank Gross lost his life
during active duty in Afghanistan on July