In between the Chicago Bulls’ first historic three-peat and the tragic death of his father, Michael Jordan walked way from the game he loved, embarking on an ill-fated — and brief — baseball career with the Double-A Birmingham Barons starting in the spring of 1994. While there were plenty of detractors (Sports Illustrated ran a notorious cover story titled “Bag it, Michael!”), Michael’s lone season with the Barons resulted in a slash line of .202/.289/.266 — fairly remarkable for a 31-year-old who hadn’t picked up a bat in over two decades. On the 20th anniversary of MJ’s time wearing No. 45 for the Barons, Jordan Brand is set to release an Air Jordan 1 High inspired by the minor-league affiliate of the Chicago White Sox. Done up in the team’s neutral colors and sporting Nike Air on the tongue tags, the kicks are set to drop April 5th at Jordan Brand retailers, including Nohble stores in New York and New Jersey.
Release Date: April 5, 2014 (Saturday)