(Michael Jordan hitting a double against the Cubs in a 1994 exhibition game at Wrigley Field. Photo by Associated Press)
With ESPN’s latest “30 for 30” documentary airing last week on the subject of Michael Jordan’s minor-league baseball experience in 1994 (directed by Ron Shelton of Bull Durham fame), there’s been a renewed in Jordan’s brief baseball career.
In the course of reading some stories, I came across this fantastic video that was too good not to share. It details an exhibition game played at Wrigley Field on April 7, 1994 between the Cubs and White Sox, in which Jordan played the entire game for the White Sox — his only game at a major-league ballpark, I believe.
The video shows, among other things, two at-bats by Jordan in which he lashes first an RBI single, then a game-tying double down the third-base line. But the highlight for me is an extended interview His Airness conducts with legendary Cubs (and, long-ago, White Sox) announcer Harry Caray.
Keep in mind that Harry had recently turned 80 (Jordan is 31, and perhaps the biggest sports star in the world at the time. Forget about “perhaps.” He is). I especially like it when Harry says to Michael, “I’ve deduced hitting a baseball is your biggest problem.”
And watching Harry Caray for the first time in a long time made me realize, again, what a spot-on impression Will Ferrell does.
Enjoy. I’ll be heading for the ballpark soon to cover today’s game. And speaking of “30 for 30,” don’t forget to catch the documentary on the 1982 Kirkland Little League champions, which debuts Tuesday.