No one would know who, or what, the Birmingham Barons are.
The Birmingham Barons are a minor-league affiliate of the Chicago White Sox, and if it weren't for the arrival of Michael Jordan in 1994, the world probably would've never heard of the Alabama outfit. At first citing his lack of desire for the game of basketball, Jordan would later reveal that it was in tribute to his slain father that he tried his hand at baseball. While he never made it to the Bigs, Jordan did hit three home runs during his tenure with the Barons. Don't hate.