AIR JORDAN RELEASE DATES
MAY 13 - RETRO 4 - Pure Money
MAY 19 - NIKE FOAMPOSITE ONE - Red
MAY 20 - GIRLS Retro 1 - White
MAY 20 - GIRLS Retro 11 LOW - White
MAY 20 - RETRO 13 LOW - White/Silver
MAY 26 - XXX1 LOW - Navy/White
MAY 26 - Nike More Uptempo - White
MAY 27 - KIDS Retro 11 LOW - Blue Moon
MAY 27 - RETRO 11 LOW - Barons
JUNE 2 - XXX1 LOW - Black/White
JUNE 3 - RETRO 7 - White/Silver
JUNE 9 - NIKE FOAMPOSITE PRO - Fleece
JUNE 10 - KIDS RETRO 4 - White/Sand
JUNE 10 - RETRO 13 LOW - Chutney
JUNE 14 - RETRO FINALS 2-pair Package
JUNE 17 - RETRO 4 - Black/Blue
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How MJ ended up playing baseball for the Barons. It was 1993 and the Bulls had just won their third straight championship. MJ was exhausted and out of challenges. He felt he had nothing else to prove on the court. His father had tried to get MJ to retire in 1991 after the first championship, so he could give baseball a shot. Then out of nowhere in July 1993 MJ's father was murdered. His body was found floating in a creek in South Carolina after being shot. His red Lexus with license plate "UNC0023" was completely stripped and found in the woods near Fayetteville, N.C. It was an easy decision for MJ. Retire from the NBA, and make an attempt at baseball to honor his late father's wish.
Luckily, Jerry Reinsdorf, the owner of the Bulls, also owns the Chicago White Sox. The Birmingham Barons were a double-A affiliate of the Sox, so MJ made a deal with Reinsdorf to play for the Barons. Fortunately for NBA fans the MLB went on strike in August 1994. With nothing to do because of the baseball lockout MJ decided to visit the Bulls practice facility in Deerfield, IL to see his old teammates (Scottie Pippen & B.J. Armstrong). Phil Jackson let MJ participate in practices for a few weeks and that's when the desire to play the game emerged. Then on March 18, 1995 MJ sent a two-word fax to the media: "I'm back." The rest is history.