On a day (March 10, 1992) he was both demoted and retained, White Sox designated hitter Bo Jackson announced he would have surgery –- which turned out to be replacement surgery — on his ailing hip.
Jackson injured his left hip during his “hobby” time with the NFL’s Los Angeles Raiders on Jan. 14, 1991.
The injury led to Bo’s release by the Kansas City Royals but the Sox, continuing their tradition of giving players second-chances or acquiring fading big names, signed the man who transcended sports at the time.
Jackson joined the team for September of 1991. He had some moments and flashed some of his massive trademark power but it was obvious Bo was nowhere near the performer he was in 1990.
Spring training of 1992 was a struggle for Jackson. While his numbers were good, the hip ailment curtailed his mobility.
It was sad seeing Bo struggle with a mighty limp out of the box even if it was “cool” to see him in a Sox uniform.
With the writing on the wall, the Sox demoted Jackson to Triple-A Vancouver on this date in 1992. Upon refusing the assignment, Bo became a free agent and immediately agreed to a one-year pact with two options with the Sox.
Jackson sat out the 1992 season after having reconstructive hip surgery on April 5.
Relentless rehab got Bo back to the Sox by opening day 1993 when he became the first player in history to appear in a big league game with an artificial hip.
He celebrated his return by homering on his first swing of the season thus adding to the legend that is, was and always will be Vincent Bo Jackson.