Michael Jordan's baseball career

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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.
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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)
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)
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)
Michael Jordan #45 of the Birmingham Barons the Double A minor league affiliate of the Chicago White Sox warms up before a minor league game circa 1994 at Hoover Metropolitan Stadium in Birmingham, Alabama. Jordan played for the Barons from 1994-95. (Photo by Focus on Sport/Getty Images)
Michael Jordan #45 of the Birmingham Barons the Double A minor league affiliate of the Chicago White Sox warms up before a minor league game circa 1994 at Hoover Metropolitan Stadium in Birmingham, Alabama. Jordan played for the Barons from 1994-95. (Photo by Focus on Sport/Getty Images)
Michael Jordan #45 of the Birmingham Barons the Double A minor league affiliate of the Chicago White Sox warms up before a minor league game circa 1994 at Hoover Metropolitan Stadium in Birmingham, Alabama. Jordan played for the Barons from 1994-95. (Photo by Focus on Sport/Getty Images)
Michael Jordan #45 of the Birmingham Barons the Double A minor league affiliate of the Chicago White Sox bats during a minor league baseball game circa 1994. Jordan played for the Barons from 1994-95. (Photo by Focus on Sport/Getty Images)
Michael Jordan #45 of the Birmingham Barons the Double A minor league affiliate of the Chicago White Sox bats during a minor league baseball game circa 1994. Jordan played for the Barons from 1994-95. (Photo by Focus on Sport/Getty Images)
Michael Jordan #45 of the Birmingham Barons the Double A minor league affiliate of the Chicago White Sox bats during a minor league baseball game circa 1994. Jordan played for the Barons from 1994-95. (Photo by Focus on Sport/Getty Images)
Michael Jordan #45 of the Birmingham Barons the Double A minor league affiliate of the Chicago White Sox looks on from the bench during a minor league baseball game circa 1994. Jordan played for the Barons from 1994-95. (Photo by Focus on Sport/Getty Images)
Michael Jordan #45 of the Birmingham Barons the Double A minor league affiliate of the Chicago White Sox looks on from the bench during a minor league baseball game circa 1994. Jordan played for the Barons from 1994-95. (Photo by Focus on Sport/Getty Images)
Michael Jordan #45 of the Birmingham Barons the Double A minor league affiliate of the Chicago White Sox looks on from the bench during a minor league baseball game circa 1994. Jordan played for the Barons from 1994-95. (Photo by Focus on Sport/Getty Images)
Michael Jordan takes batting practice during a minor league ballgame. Mandatory Credit: Jonathan Daniel /Allsport
Michael Jordan takes batting practice during a minor league ballgame. Mandatory Credit: Jonathan Daniel /Allsport
Michael Jordan takes batting practice during a minor league ballgame. Mandatory Credit: Jonathan Daniel /Allsport
Michael Jordan #45 of the Birmingham Barons meets with young fans before an August 1994 game against the Memphis Chicks at Hoover Metropolitan Stadium in Hoover, Alabama. (Photo by Jim Gund/Getty Images)
Michael Jordan #45 of the Birmingham Barons meets with young fans before an August 1994 game against the Memphis Chicks at Hoover Metropolitan Stadium in Hoover, Alabama. (Photo by Jim Gund/Getty Images)
Michael Jordan #45 of the Birmingham Barons meets with young fans before an August 1994 game against the Memphis Chicks at Hoover Metropolitan Stadium in Hoover, Alabama. (Photo by Jim Gund/Getty Images)
Michael Jordan #45 of the Birmingham Barons dives into second during an August 1994 game against the Memphis Chicks at Hoover Metropolitan Stadium in Hoover, Alabama. (Photo by Jim Gund/Getty Images)
Michael Jordan #45 of the Birmingham Barons dives into second during an August 1994 game against the Memphis Chicks at Hoover Metropolitan Stadium in Hoover, Alabama. (Photo by Jim Gund/Getty Images)
Michael Jordan #45 of the Birmingham Barons dives into second during an August 1994 game against the Memphis Chicks at Hoover Metropolitan Stadium in Hoover, Alabama. (Photo by Jim Gund/Getty Images)
Michael Jordan #45 of the Birmingham Barons bats during an August 1994 game against the Memphis Chicks at Hoover Metropolitan Stadium in Hoover, Alabama. (Photo by Jim Gund/Getty Images)
Michael Jordan #45 of the Birmingham Barons bats during an August 1994 game against the Memphis Chicks at Hoover Metropolitan Stadium in Hoover, Alabama. (Photo by Jim Gund/Getty Images)
Michael Jordan #45 of the Birmingham Barons bats during an August 1994 game against the Memphis Chicks at Hoover Metropolitan Stadium in Hoover, Alabama. (Photo by Jim Gund/Getty Images)
Michael Jordan #45 of the Birmingham Barons the Double A minor league affiliate of the Chicago White Sox bats during an minor league baseball game circa 1994 at Hoover Metropolitan Stadium in Birmingham, Alabama. Jordan played for the Barons from 1994-95. (Photo by Focus on Sport/Getty Images)
Michael Jordan #45 of the Birmingham Barons the Double A minor league affiliate of the Chicago White Sox bats during an minor league baseball game circa 1994 at Hoover Metropolitan Stadium in Birmingham, Alabama. Jordan played for the Barons from 1994-95. (Photo by Focus on Sport/Getty Images)
Michael Jordan #45 of the Birmingham Barons the Double A minor league affiliate of the Chicago White Sox bats during an minor league baseball game circa 1994 at Hoover Metropolitan Stadium in Birmingham, Alabama. Jordan played for the Barons from 1994-95. (Photo by Focus on Sport/Getty Images)
Michael Jordan #45 of the Birmingham Barons the Double A minor league affiliate of the Chicago White Sox catches a fly ball in the outfield during a minor league baseball game circa 1994. Jordan played for the Barons from 1994-95. (Photo by Focus on Sport/Getty Images)
Michael Jordan #45 of the Birmingham Barons the Double A minor league affiliate of the Chicago White Sox catches a fly ball in the outfield during a minor league baseball game circa 1994. Jordan played for the Barons from 1994-95. (Photo by Focus on Sport/Getty Images)
Michael Jordan #45 of the Birmingham Barons the Double A minor league affiliate of the Chicago White Sox catches a fly ball in the outfield during a minor league baseball game circa 1994. Jordan played for the Barons from 1994-95. (Photo by Focus on Sport/Getty Images)
Michael Jordan #45 of the Birmingham Barons the Double A minor league affiliate of the Chicago White Sox throws the ball back in from the outfield during a minor league baseball game circa 1994. Jordan played for the Barons from 1994-95. (Photo by Focus on Sport/Getty Images)
Michael Jordan #45 of the Birmingham Barons the Double A minor league affiliate of the Chicago White Sox throws the ball back in from the outfield during a minor league baseball game circa 1994. Jordan played for the Barons from 1994-95. (Photo by Focus on Sport/Getty Images)
Michael Jordan #45 of the Birmingham Barons the Double A minor league affiliate of the Chicago White Sox throws the ball back in from the outfield during a minor league baseball game circa 1994. Jordan played for the Barons from 1994-95. (Photo by Focus on Sport/Getty Images)
Michael Jordan #45 of the Birmingham Barons the Double A minor league affiliate of the Chicago White Sox in action during a minor league baseball game circa 1994. Jordan played for the Barons from 1994-95. (Photo by Focus on Sport/Getty Images)
Michael Jordan #45 of the Birmingham Barons the Double A minor league affiliate of the Chicago White Sox in action during a minor league baseball game circa 1994. Jordan played for the Barons from 1994-95. (Photo by Focus on Sport/Getty Images)
Michael Jordan #45 of the Birmingham Barons the Double A minor league affiliate of the Chicago White Sox in action during a minor league baseball game circa 1994. Jordan played for the Barons from 1994-95. (Photo by Focus on Sport/Getty Images)
Michael Jordan takes batting practice during a minor league ballgame. Mandatory Credit: Jonathan Daniel /Allsport
Michael Jordan takes batting practice during a minor league ballgame. Mandatory Credit: Jonathan Daniel /Allsport
Michael Jordan takes batting practice during a minor league ballgame. Mandatory Credit: Jonathan Daniel /Allsport
Michael Jordan #45 of the Birmingham Barons the Double A minor league affiliate of the Chicago White Sox warms up before a minor league game circa 1994 at Hoover Metropolitan Stadium in Birmingham, Alabama. Jordan played for the Barons from 1994-95. (Photo by Focus on Sport/Getty Images)
Michael Jordan #45 of the Birmingham Barons the Double A minor league affiliate of the Chicago White Sox warms up before a minor league game circa 1994 at Hoover Metropolitan Stadium in Birmingham, Alabama. Jordan played for the Barons from 1994-95. (Photo by Focus on Sport/Getty Images)
Michael Jordan #45 of the Birmingham Barons the Double A minor league affiliate of the Chicago White Sox warms up before a minor league game 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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