This Day In Sports History (March 18th) – Michael Jordan
It was on this day in 1995 that Michael Jordan announced he would be returning to the NBA. Jordan came back to the Bulls donning the number 45, as his familiar number 23 had already been retired following his initial retirement.
In his two years away from basketball, MJ embarked on a baseball career. He had stated that his late father always envisioned his son as a major league baseball player, however, his efforts came up short. Jordan would sign a minor league contract with the Chicago White Sox and play for their farm team, the Birmingham Barons, but he put up less than impressive numbers, batting only .202 with just three home runs, 51 RBI’s and 30 stolen bases.
In his first year back, Jordan led the Bulls to the Eastern Conference semi-final, but they would bow out to the Orlando Magic in six games. Motivated by the loss, MJ dominated the following season, leading the Bulls to a 72-10 regular season record, the best in league history. Jordan would lead the league in scoring with 30.4 points per game, and was named the league’s MVP. He also guided the Bulls to their first of three consecutive championships.
Here are Jordan’s top 10 plays of 1996.
Guy Carbonneau, NHL – Born March 18th 1960 (age 54) in Sept-Iles, Quebec
Scott Podsednik, MLB – Born March 18th 1976 (age 38) in West, Texas
Zdeno Chara, NHL – Born March 18th 1977 (age 37) in Trencin, Czechoslovakia