Michael Jordan's baseball career

Michael Jordan #45 of the Birmingham Barons the Double A minor league affiliate of the Chicago White Sox sits on a camera case before a photo shoot circa 1994 at Hoover Metropolitan Stadium in Birmingham, Alabama. Jordan played for the Barons from 1994-95. (Photo by Focus on Sport/Getty Images)

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It was 20 years ago this summer that NBA legend Michael Jordan removed his Chicago Bulls tank top and extra-long shorts and exchanged them for baseball pants and spikes. He also set aside his uniform No. 23 for No. 45 and joined the Chicago White Sox organization. Jerry Reinsdorf owned the White Sox and Bulls, and he couldn't say no.

Pursuing his father's dream for him to play Major League Baseball, Jordan batted .202/.289/.266 as a 31-year-old with the Class AA Birmingham Barons of the Southern League. Not great, but not that much below team averages that season. Playing for skipper Terry Francona, Jordan also stole 30 bases, walked 51 times and threw out six runners on the bases. There was some talent there. But Jordan never played organized baseball again, returning to the NBA in 1995 and winning three more championships with Chicago. Go Bulls.
Dave Brown

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