On this day three years apart, Bo Jackson and Michael Jordan — two of the biggest names in the history of sports — made huge news with the little ol’ White Sox.

Here’s a look back:


On a day he was both demoted and retained, Jackson announced he would have surgery –- which turned out to be a replacement — on his ailing hip.

Jackson, a one-of-a-kind powerful and explosive running back, injured his left hip while playing for the Los Angeles Raiders on Jan. 14, 1991 in a playoff game against Cincinnati.

Jackson was playing in the NFL as a “hobby” after completing his third full season as an outfielder for the Kansas City Royals.

Bo was eventually cut by the Royals but signed by the Sox and he joined the team for September of 1991 and limped his way to a .225 average with three homers in 23 interesting games.

 The following spring training was a struggle for Jackson. 

While his numbers were good, the hip ailment curtailed his mobility. It was sad seeing Jackson struggle out of the box to first base even if it was in a Sox uniform.

On this date 25 years ago today, the Sox demoted Jackson to Triple-A Vancouver. 

Upon refusing the assignment, Bo became a free agent and agreed to a one-year pact with two options.

 Jackson sat out the 1992 season after having reconstructive hip surgery on April 5.

 Jackson made history when he became the first player in history to appear in a big league game with an artificial hip on April 9, 1993.

He played with the Sox in 1993 and then with the Angels in 1994. In retirement, the popular Bo is serving as a Sox ambassador.


Twenty-seven years ago today, farmhand Michael Jordan walked out of the White Sox spring camp in Sarasota, Fla., ending his quest to become a Major Leaguer. 

Publicly, Jordan did not blame anyone for his decision to retire but he was stuck between a rock and a hard place. 

Owners were using replacement players in exhibition games while the union was still on strike.

Union chief Donald Fehr countered by declaring that minor leaguers who played in paid exhibition games would be considered strikebreakers. To avoid the mess, which obviously made him uncomfortable, Jordan bolted.

Eight days later, Jordan announced he was returning to the NBA where he would lead the Bulls to three more championships.

Jordan spent 1994 at the Sox Double-A affiliate in Birmingham, Ala. Playing the outfield, Jordan hit .202 with three homers, 51 RBIs and 30 stolen bases while setting attendance records throughout the Southern League. 

Not bad for a guy who had never played professional baseball before.



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