When “Air” Jordan came to Wolfson Park
In May of 1994, the city of Jacksonville was treated to a bizarre occurrence at Samuel W. Wolfson Baseball Park. That month, Michael Jordan, arguably the greatest basketball player of all time, would play the first of three games in Duval against the Jacksonville Suns as a member of the visiting Birmingham Barons minor league baseball team. Jordan’s attempt to go from hitting jump shots at the NBA level to hitting curveballs in the minor leagues stunned the sports world. The then 31-year-old Jordan stated that his sudden decision to retire from the NBA and sign a minor league contract was made to pursue a dream of his late father, who had always wanted him to play baseball and who was brutally murdered the year before at a rest stop in North Carolina. Through the years, many major leaguers had run the base paths at Wolfson Park, including Randy Johnson, Russell Martin, Clayton Kershaw and Mike.