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Michael Jordan Chronology

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Posted: Tuesday January 12, 1999 12:12 AM

Recent events in Michael Jordan's athletic career:

June 20, 1993 -- Chicago Bulls beat Phoenix for their third straight NBA title. Jordan is the first player named NBA Finals MVP three years in a row.

Aug. 3, Aug. 13, 1993 -- The body of Jordan's father is found in North Carolina but not identified until 10 days later. Authorities determine he was killed July 23. The two men charged with the murder have yet to stand trial.

Oct. 6, 1993 -- Jordan stuns the basketball world by retiring, saying he has nothing left to prove in basketball.

December 1993 -- Jordan begins working out for a try at baseball with the Chicago White Sox.

Feb. 7, 1994 -- Jordan signs a free agent contract with the White Sox, saying he is not afraid to fail. The team invites him to spring training.

March 21, 1994 -- White Sox assign Jordan to minor league camp.

March 31, 1994 -- White Sox assign Jordan to the Class AA Birmingham Barons of the Southern League.

April 8, 1994 -- Jordan starts his first professional baseball game, playing right field for the Barons. For the season, Jordan bats .202 with 51 RBIs, 30 stolen bases and 114 strikeouts in 127 games. His presence boosts attendance enormously throughout the Southern League.

Sept. 9, 1994 -- Jordan scores 52 points in a charity basketball game set up by Scottie Pippen. After the game -- the last one at Chicago Stadium -- Jordan kneels and kisses the center of the floor.

September-November -- Jordan plays for the Scottsdale Scorpions of Arizona Fall League, batting .252 in 35 games.

Nov. 1, 1994 -- Bulls retire Jordan's No. 23 and unveil a statue of him in front of the United Center, the Bulls' new home, during a glitzy, made-for-television extravaganza.

Feb. 17, 1995 -- Jordan turns 32 in Sarasota, Fla. as the White Sox open spring training.

March 2, 1995 -- Jordan leaves White Sox spring training camp after the team is split into those who will play exhibition games and those who won't. Jordan had vowed earlier to stay out of the middle of the strike.

March 7-9, 1995 -- Jordan appearances at Bulls' Berto Center training facility prompt speculation he will return to basketball.

March 18, 1995 -- Jordan and the Bulls announce that he will rejoin the team and be in the lineup for the next day's nationally televised game against the Indiana Pacers at Indianapolis.

March 19, 1995 -- Jordan returns wearing number 45, the same number he wore for the Barons and as a basketball player in junior high school. He plays 38 minutes, scoring 19 points on 7-for-28 shooting with six rebounds and six assists in Chicago's 103-96 overtime-loss to Indiana.

March 28, 1995 -- In his fifth game back, Jordan scores 55 points on 21-for-37 shooting at Madison Square Garden in Chicago's 113-111 victory over New York.

May 18, 1995 -- Jordan and the Bulls are knocked out of the playoffs by the Orlando Magic in the Eastern Conference Semifinals. It is the first time a Jordan-led Chicago team is bounced from the playoffs since 1989-90.

June 16, 1996 -- Jordan leads Chicago over Seattle in the NBA finals in his first full season back since retirement. The Bulls win an NBA season-record 72 games and Jordan wins his eighth scoring title, is named regular season MVP, NBA Finals MVP and All-Star Game MVP.

November 30, 1996 -- Jordan scores 25,000th career point in San Antonio.

June 13, 1997 -- Jordan and the Bulls win their second straight NBA title, defeating Utah in six games. Jordan is named one of the NBA's 50 greatest players. Jordan wins his second consecutive scoring title, ninth overall, and is named NBA Finals MVP for the second straight season.

March 27, 1998 -- 62,046 fans show up at the Georgia Dome -- the largest crowd in NBA history -- anticipating Jordan's retirement. Jordan scores 34 points in Chicago's 89-74 win over Atlanta.

April 3, 1998 -- Jordan scores 41 points against Minnesota to become the third player in NBA history to reach 29,000 career points. Jordan joins Kareem Abdul-Jabbar and Wilt Chamberlain as the only players to score 29,000.

June 14, 1998 -- Chicago wins its third straight NBA title and sixth in eight years, beating Utah. It is the second time this decade the Bulls won three consecutive titles. Jordan wins his third straight scoring title and 10th of his career. Jordan is named regular season MVP, NBA Finals MVP and All-Star Game MVP.

January 11, 1999 -- A source told the Associated Press that Jordan will announce his retirement during the week.

 
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