On this day in 1994, Michael Jordan – of Basketball Fame – surprised the world by singing a minor league contract with the Chicago White Sox. Jordan had retired from Basketball only three months earlier. He has since been quoted as having pursued a baseball career in order to fulfill the dream of his late father, who had been murdered earlier in 1993, and had supposedly always envisioned his son as a major league baseball player.
Jordan played for the Sox’s minor league team, the Birmingham Barons for one season, batting .202 and ranking up states that included 3 home runs, 51 RBIs, 30 Stolen Bases, 114 strikeouts, 51 bases on balls and 11 errors. He also made an appearance in the Arizona Fall league that same year for the Scottsdale Scorpions, before he quite baseball in March the following year (1995) supposedly out of fear of becoming a replacement player during the Major League Baseball strike, which had begun in August 1994.
Within a few days he had returned to the NBA.