Rookie: When Michael Jordan Came to the Minor Leagues


"When Michael Jordan joined the Birmingham Barons, he was no ordinary rookie. As a basketball player, he had just led his team to three straight NBA championships. As a baseball player, he had never hit a professional curve ball. And as a star, he made more money from endorsements than the Barons' entire Southern League earned in a year. Rookie traces the growth of baseball's richest prospect. Facing professional pitchers who were in Little League when he became a star, Jordan struggles to bat above.200. His long legs make him the Barons' fastest runner, but he has a lot to learn about base-stealing. Coaches, players, and reporters debate whether he'll ever make it to the big leagues. Meanwhile, Patton investigates the deal-making around Jordan, from negotiations over a fan's videotape of his first homer to the real story of the $350,000 bus he was said to have bought for his team. Entertaining and provocative, Rookie reveals what Michael Jordan's first year in baseball tells us about our long infatuation with sports heroes." Title Summary field provided by Blackwell North America, Inc. All Rights Reserved

Additional information

Publisher: Place of publication:
  • Reading, MA
Publication year:
  • 1995


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