Former White Sox outfielder Michael Jordan is back in the spotlight, after ESPN aired the first two hour-long episodes of a 10 hour documentary on his side job as a professional basketball player.
Jordan spent the 1994 baseball season with the AA Birmingham Barons, slashing .202/.289/.266 in a park that was notorious for being unfriendly to hitters. To wit, the entire Barons team hit .248 that season.
Jordan did, however, play in Chicago for the White Sox in an exhibition game at Wrigley Field, on April 7, 1994. He did more than just make an appearance in the ballgame: he went 2-for-5 with a double, and 2 RBI in the 4-4 tie that day.
However, that would be the only time Jordan played in a Major League stadium, as he spent the rest of the 1994 season in Birmingham, riding the bus with the rest of the Barons. He did, though, finance the purchase of a new 45-foot-long charter bus, dubbed “The Jordan Cruiser”.
His baseball career wound up another casualty of the 1994 baseball strike, as he decided to hang up the cleats instead of becoming a replacement player. He opted to return to moonlighting as a basketball player where he *checks notes* won three more champioinships and two more MVP awards.
Maybe he was okay at that basketball thing of his, after all…