Issue Date: 3/14/1994
Shortly after Jordan’s father was tragically slain and exhausted from the long season and his celebrity status, Mike left the game. He then surprised the world by signing a minor-league contract with the Chicago White Sox and had a brief career with the Birmingham Barons, a White Sox affiliate. Jordan never donned the IXs on the court but Nike did hook him up with some player editions for the diamond. Random fact: Michael Jordan's rookie three-point shooting percentage (.173) was worse than his rookie batting average (.202) — Michael Jordan did miss a few shots. Also, it was this cover that launched Mike's feud with SI that still continues to this day. The man does not forget a slight. Ever.