BIRMINGHAM, Ala., (WIAT) — The Birmingham Barons are currently doing a year-long theme to recognize the 25th anniversary of Michael Jordan playing for the team.
Michael Jordan seemed to be at the height of his glory in 1993. He had just won three consecutive NBA titles for the Bulls.
But Jordan’s world came crashing down on July 23, 1993, when his father, James Jordan, was murdered in Lumberton, North Carolina. And that October, Michael Jordan retired from the NBA, citing a lack of desire to play, though he ultimately admitted his father’s death contributed to his decision.
Four months later, Jordan made his father’s dream of his son becoming a professional baseball player a reality and traded in his sneakers for cleats.
This year marks the 25th anniversary of the day Jordan signed a minor-league contract with the White Sox. At the time, he saw the career change as an opportunity to reach new heights.
He started at the White Sox, where he only had 17 appearances before being dropped to the Double-A team of the minor leagues of the White Sox “Birmingham Barons” as an outfielder for a year.
“You’ll see a lot of stuff on the scoreboard. You’ll see one or two giveaways,” says Director of Broadcasting for the Barons, Curt Bloom.