Saturday, April 23, 2016

Anatomy of a Baseball Card: Michael Jordan 1990 "White Sox"

The greatest basketball player impersonating a baseball player. 

Before he entertained the idea for real, Michael Jordan apparently did a photo op with the Chicago White Sox, taking batting practice and pressing the flesh. It's the sort of thing that Billy Crystal does every year. Someone got really excited about it and made a baseball card or two out of the blurry photos. Crummy unlicensed cards were pretty popular at the beginning of the '90s, also the era of the Simpsons bootleg t-shirt.

This one comes complete with stats, but that's not the most impressive thing about it. Some SABR geek had the wherewithal to compute MJ's impressive basketball stats into totally legitimate "Baseball Stats". Someone must have had a blast working on that rebounds-to-RBI formula.


Wilson said...

I'd like to see how he could average 185 games a year. That'd even be nearly impossible today if you counted playoff games, too. Enough tiebreak or rainout makeups could get you there I guess.

Brian said...

If anyone could average 185 games a year, it would be MJ. GOAT

Community Gum said...

So...arguably the most dominant basketball player in the league, when converted, becomes an average All-Star MLB player? I would expect better, honestly. I don't think there's any formula. They either stole someone's stats or made up some numbers.