Michael Jordan might not have been a baseball legend, but the stories of him trying out with the White Sox in 1994 are downright legendary.
On this edition of the White Sox Talk Podcast, Chuck Garfien speaks with several players who either played with Jordan or were around him during this surreal time in his career when he quit basketball in the middle of his prime and attempted to play baseball.
Some of these stories are hard to believe: Ozzie Guillen explains how he and Joey Cora played a game of 2-on-1 basketball against Jordan without anyone knowing. They actually took a 3-0 lead on MJ. You have to hear
what happened after that.
Jordan took control of the team bus in Birmingham and drove it down the highway. Before going to White Sox spring training, Jordan secretly went to New Comiskey Park (now Guaranteed Rate Field) and learned how to hit from former White Sox slugger Bill Melton.
Garfien also speaks with Frank Thomas and Darren Jackson, who played with Jordan in spring training, and Birmingham Barons broadcaster Curt Bloom, who called Jordan’s minor league games as well as his first home run.