Michael Jordan played baseball following his first (October 1993) retirement from basketball, during the 1994 season. Jordan donned number 45 with the Birmingham Barons, the Chicago White Sox' AA minor league affiliate.
Jordan attributed his first retirement from basketball and attempt at a baseball career to the murder of his father, who had wanted a son who played baseball. He played outfield for the Barons in 147 games, batting .202 with three home runs and 51 RBI to go with 30 stolen bases. Not having the success he was hoping for on the diamond, he returned to the Chicago Bulls in March 1995 to resume his basketball career.