A March 10 meeting the Braves loomed on the calendar.
But as games began days earlier, Jordan and his fellow minor league teammates refused to take the field. Jordan had a confrontation with then-Sox general manager Ron Schueler that ended with the NBA superstar opting to pack his bags and return to Chicago. On March 18, he announced his return to the Bulls with the fax message: “I’m back.”
The Braves and Jordan-less White Sox met on March 10, but not without any famous names on the roster.
Starting at third for the White Sox was Pete Rose ... Jr. (Charlie Hustle himself was in the stands at West Palm Beach Municipal Stadium.)
The son of the all-time hit king went 0-for-3, scoring a run in a 5-4 loss to Atlanta.
The strike ended a few days later and players returned as the Braves began to embark on their championship season.
Jordan? He went on the win three more NBA titles.