Sneaker News NINE@NINE: Air Jordan Baseball PEs
Michael Jordan’s retirement from basketball in 1993 was as unexpected as any in sports history. The three-time defending NBA Champion and undisputed greatest player in the world chose to leave the game while he was at his peak, and according to his autobiography, Jordan was considering leaving the game as early as the summer of ’92. MJ made his professional baseball debut exactly twenty years ago next Tuesday, and Jordan Brand will celebrate the occasion with a couple of Birmingham Barons colorways releasing on Saturday.
Those pairs hearken back to the very first Air Jordan baseball cleats, which were MCS-soled Jordan IXs, and from there, it was only a matter of time before some of MLB’s biggest names would begin to take the field in player exclusive Jordan spikes. So with this being MLB’s Opening Week and the 20th anniversary of the the first Air Jordan baseball cleats right around the corner, let’s take a look back at some of the most notable Jordan player exclusives to ever appear on a baseball diamond in this edition of Sneaker News NINE@NINE.