Michael Jordan signed with the White Sox 21 years ago
Jordan signed with the White Sox 21 years ago today
On Feb. 7, 1994, a basketball player named Michael Jordan signed a Minor League contract with the White Sox. At the time, Jordan had led the NBA in points for seven consecutive seasons and had led the Chicago Bulls to three straight NBA Championships.
According to reports from '94, Jordan had spent a couple of months working out with the White Sox underneath Comiskey Park and intended to report to Spring Training with the club. At the end of Spring Training, Jordan headed to Birmingham, Ala., to join the Barons, the Sox's Double-A club.
It took some time for Jordan to get his spikes underneath him (he hit just .202 that season). But in the more than two decades since, a more in-depth analysis of his production that season indicates that he might have had a shot to make the Bigs at some point. His 51 RBIs were respectable and he stole 30 bases.
The "Summer of Jordan" has been imortalized in the ESPN 30 for 30 documentary "Jordan Rides the Bus." If you've got a lazy weekend ahead of you, it's definitely worth watching.
With baseball's work stoppage at the end of the '94 season, Jordan opted to pull the plug on the experiment so that he could go back to doing what he did best: winning back-to-back-to-back NBA titles (he and the Bulls would three-peat a second time).
His Airness finished out his playing days with two seasons on the Washington Wizards that were much more successful than people tend to remember (he averaged 22.9 and 20 points per game in those seasons, respectively). Just don't ask Kanye about it.