During the month of October in 1993, Michael Jordan did the unthinkable. At the height of his career, after leading Chicago Bulls to its consecutive NBA Championship title and winning 3 consecutive NBA Finals MVP himself, the first player in NBA history to do so, Jordan announced his retirement from the sport that everyone identified him with. The following Spring, Jordan joined the minor league team for the Chicago White Sox franchise. The suddenness to his early retirement from basketball and transformation to a baseball player was mainly attributed to the death of his father, who was murdered during a botched robbery in 1993. To honor his father’s desire before his passing, Jordan played baseball for the duration of 1994.
To mark the opening day of MLB season this year. Nike released a limited edition Air Jordan 1 Retro, in the familiar pin-stripe designs as the Chicago White Sox. Baseball inspired designs are found all over the upper. Near the rear tab, a cross-bats embroidery with the number 3 and 51, represented Jordan’s stats of 3 HRs and 51 RBIs during short baseball career. (He returned to the court in 1995)
The Air Jordan 1 Retro, or more commonly called Jordan Opening Day Pack is currently available at NikeStore.com.
Detailed photos after the jump…