“What a Time to be Alive”: Rare Moment From NBA Legend Michael Jordan’s Only MLB Game Sees Fans Go Gaga Years Later

Published 02/05/2023, 2:09 PM EST

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Michael Jordan is widely considered one of the greatest basketball players of all time. However, in 1993, he shocked the sports world by announcing his retirement from basketball to pursue a career in professional baseball. Despite having not played baseball since high school, Jordan was signed by the Chicago White Sox. 

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Jordan’s brief stint in baseball was not without its challenges and highlights. He worked hard to improve his skills, but he struggled at times to adjust to the sport. However, Jordan’s fiercely competitive spirit and determination endeared him to many fans, and he showed flashes of brilliance in the ballpark. Let’s recall the moment he shone on the diamond. 

Legendary Michael Jordan’s shining moment in baseball

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The basketball legend in a baseball match, playing for the Double-A Birmingham Barons (White Sox affiliate), shined brightly at Wrigley Field. Michael Jordan hit a double that resulted in a run being scored at the field, with the legendary baseball announcer Harry Caray making the play-by-play call. 

“There’s another hit, a drive down the third base line. The time run may score, he’s around third! He’s on the plate! The throw! Hasn’t touched the plate yet, and he does!” He continues in his deep booming voice, “Michael Jordan has tied up the ball game!” He concluded it with, “This crowd they’ve seen what they came here for!” 

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The whole play lasted mere seconds. The pitcher on the mound took his position and send the ball flying toward MJ. The basketball phenom was undeterred and made contact with his bat. The ball went soaring out into the third baseline. And Jordan ran as if his life depended on it. He crossed all the bases at a flashing speed, but near the end, as he slid down toward the plate, he missed it. It seemed as if it would all be in vain, but he jumped back and finally touched it. The crowd stood up, chanting his name. 

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According to cbssports.com, the day marked the pinnacle of his baseball career. He batted a .202/.289/.266 in 127 games. However, Jordan managed to showcase his speed, swiping 30 bases in 48 attempts. 

How did fans react to the resurfaced video?

Ultimately, Jordan returned to the NBA in 1995, but his time in baseball remains an interesting and unique chapter in his storied career. The fans were ecstatic to see the legendary play by MJ once again. 

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The good old days when Michael Jordan played baseball are long gone, but his legacy still lives on.

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Garima Verma

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Garima is an MLB writer at EssentiallySports. She has recently graduated as a Master's student in Media and Communications. She is an avid reader and an ardent cinema fan.
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