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JORDAN STUNS BASKETBALL WORLD, ATTEMPTS BASEBALL
1993-94 Season Highlights

Jordan shocked the world with the announcement of his retirement in 1993.

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   RECAP
After winning his third straight NBA title with the Chicago Bulls in 1992-93, Jordan had a tough offseason that reached its nadir when his father, James Jordan, was murdered in North Carolina. On October 6, just one day before the start of training camp, Jordan stunned the basketball world by announcing his retirement. He left holding the highest career scoring average in NBA history at 32.3 points per game.

After much speculation about his plans, Jordan returned to the spotlight in a baseball uniform. He spent the 1994 baseball season playing for the Birmingham Barons, an affiliate of the Chicago White Sox in the Class AA Southern League. An adequate outfielder, he hit .202 in 127 games, striking out 114 times in 436 at bats. Jordan belted 3 home runs, collected 51 RBIs, and stole 30 bases. He also led all Southern League outfielders with 11 errors.

   PRESS CONFERENCE HIGHLIGHTS
Jordan talks about the issues that led to his decision to retire before the 1993-94 season.
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