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Michael Jordan sent shock waves through the sporting world in October of 1993 when he announced he was tired of basketball and was retiring. Despite winning his third straight NBA title with the Chicago Bulls, Jordan had had a rough year in 1993 after his father was murdered, and decided to pursue professional baseball, which was his father’s original dream for his son.

Jordan signed with the Southside White Sox in February of 1994 and would report to the White Sox spring training home in Sarasota, Florida. Jordan would be assigned to the Double-A Birmingham Barons for the 1994 season – a season where Jordan would have 3 home runs and 51 RBI. Jordan made his professional baseball debut on April 8th, 1994 for the Barons as they hosted the Chattanooga Lookouts. More than 10,000 fans packed Hoover Metropolitan Stadium to see Jordan wear an unfamiliar number 45 as the “rookie” took his right field position.

Offered here is the very jersey Jordan wore in his first ever game as a professional baseball player. Photo matched by Sports Investors Authentication to the April 8th, 1994 game, this Wilson size 48 button-down white with black pinstriped jersey has “Barons” and a paraph sewn on the front, along with Jordan’s number “45” in black and silver tackle twill. The back of this jersey has “45” sewn on in the same black and silver tackle twill and each sleeve has a patch. The left sleeve has the White Sox black diamond with white hanging sock logo patch, while the right sleeve has the MLB 125TH ANNIVERSARY patch. The Wilson size 48 tag is sewn on the inside back collar and this jersey displays outstanding game use. There are dirt stains prevalent on the upper right shoulder and the letters and numbers display puckering, along with some loose stitching. Jordan has signed his name diagonally on the “4” on the back in beautiful contrasting silver marker. A truly historic jersey worn by the greatest basketball player of his or any other era during his two-year hiatus into baseball. This jersey comes with a LOA from Sports Investors Authentication (201101A3), who have conclusively photo matched this jersey to Jordan’s debut baseball game played on April 8, 1994. Additionally, there is a COA from Upper Deck Authenticated (UAS17628) for Jordan’s signature.

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