Throwback Thursday: Michael Jordan Made Spring Training Debut 20 Years Ago

Kyle NewportFeatured ColumnistFebruary 27, 2014

7 Feb 1994: CHICAGO WHITE SOX OUTFIELDER MICHAEL JORDAN SPEAKS AT A WHITE SOX PRESS CONFERENCE.
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Michael Jordan made a name for himself on the basketball court, but he also had a stint in baseball that interrupted his NBA career.

It's hard to believe it has been 20 years since Jordan stepped onto the diamond and attempted to make it to the major leagues. During his first retirement from the NBA back in 1994, Jordan began his professional baseball career in the Chicago White Sox organization.

Major league teams are back on the field right now, so it's a good time to look at some of Jordan's baseball moments:

15 Feb 1994: MICHAEL JORDAN OF THE CHICAGO WHITE SOX WORKS ON HIS BUNTING DURING HIS FIRST PUBLIC OUTDOOR WORKOUT AT ED SMITH STADIUM IN SARRASOTA FLORIDA.
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15 FEB 1994:  MICHAEL JORDAN MAKES A THROW DURING HIS FIRST OUTDOOR PUBLIC WORKOUT WITH THE CHICAGO WHITE SOX AT ED SMITH STADIUM IN SARASOTA, FLORIDA. Mandatory Credit: Al Bello  /Allsport
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Jordan spent the 1994 season as an outfielder for the Birmingham Barons, the Double-A affiliate of the White Sox. He hit .202/.289/.266 with three home runs and 17 doubles that year.