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MJ Put His NBA Career on Hold to Pursue His First Love

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MJ Put His NBA Career on Hold to Pursue His First Love

A young Michael Jordan loved baseball.

His father played semipro baseball, and he passed that passion for the sport onto his son.

In high school, MJ was a standout pitcher and centerfielder.

While he went on become the most dominant basketball player on the planet, his hardball dreams never truly died.

That led him to take a hiatus from the NBA in 1994 to pursue a career in minor league baseball.

"Michael told me, 'Baseball was my first love,'" former MLB star Kenny Lofton told The Undefeated in 2017.

"He was … this great basketball player, and maybe he felt like he accomplished whatever he needed to accomplish … at the time, like, 'Lemme try to accomplish my childhood dream."

Jordan would famously return to basketball shortly thereafter and continue his reign of dominance in the NBA. 


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