Today in Sports History: October 6

By Veronica An

Michael Jordan, of the Chicago Bulls, announces his first retirement in 1993. Jordan led the Bulls to six championships in the ’90s in two different sets of threepeats and became known as a legendary dominant offensive player. After a win with the 1992 Olympics “Dream Team” in 1992, where he scored 14.9 points, rebounds: 2.4, assists: 4.8, steals: 4.6, field goal percentage: 45.1%, Jordan shocked fans by announcing his sudden retirement. Sports fans theorize that Jordan left the league as part of a secret suspension due to his out-of-control gambling habit. The prior year, Jordan was called to testify in the criminal trial of convicted drug dealer James Bouler, who was in possession of a Jordan-signed personal check for $57,000. San Diego businessman Richard Equinas alleges he won over $900,000 from Jordan in golf bets the same year. During his hiatus from basketball, Jordan played minor league baseball for the Barons; ending with a .202 average along with 3 homers, 51 RBI, 30 stolen bases, 114 strikeouts, and a .555 OPS.

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