Why would we want to revisit MJ’s 32nd birthday in the middle of summer? Because this might be some of the rarest “Air” you’ll ever see. 1 of 10 Air Jordans made for MJ on his birthday, but to really understand their value, you need to know the backstory.
Speculation has left plenty of fans with doubts but a few months later in February of 1994, MJ signed a minor league contract to play baseball for the Chicago White Sox.
Everyone has heard the stories of Michael Jordan’s passion for baseball. It was said that MJ was even better at baseball than he was at basketball during his teenage years. Jordan played during spring training in Florida, the Arizona Fall League, and with the Double-A White Sox affiliate, Birmingham Barons.
Two things should be noted about MJ’s baseball career. First off, the owner of the Chicago Bulls, Jerry Reinsdorf, continued to pay Michael his NBA contract during this time. Reinsdorf was also the owner of the Chicago White Sox, which for the conspiracy theorists, added even more question to Jordan’s first retirement.
On November 1, 1994, the Chicago Bulls retired Michael Jordan’s #23 and honored him with a bronze statue called, The Spirit, outside of the United Center. For its dedication, MJ wore the black leather, metal-studded, jacket that is rumored to have inspired the Supreme x Air Jordan 14.
Just one question, did Juanita and Michael know that MJ was planning to announce his return to the Chicago Bulls a few weeks later?