Michael Jordan's Minor League Bus - 1995

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Not only is today the eighth anniversary of Bob Dylan's "Love & Theft" it's also the day that Michael Jordan, the greatest basketball player of my lifetime, gets inducted into the Basketball Hall Of Fame here in Massachusetts.

In honor of that honor, today's Classic TV Friday brings us an old ESPN feature about the luxury bus that MJ bought for the team to travel in when he was playing for the Birmingham Barons in 1994. The video is a real hoot and I'm not sure what dates it more: the players swooning over the mini TVs now featured prominently on every Fung Wah Bus, or Barons manager Terry Francona with hair.

Please to enjoy, and congrats Michael.


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I remember going to see Jordan play for Birmingham that year in Memphis. Pretty sure he put up a goose egg that day, but fuck it, I saw Michael Jordan play baseball.

It's a shame nobody cut off Terry Francona's head on that bus.

What if Mark Hendrickson struck out Michael Jordan and Jordan dunked on Hendrickson?

Of course, Hendrickson can't strike anyone out, so it's all conjecture.

It rides like a big old cadillac. It floats like a cadillac, steers like cadillac.

Does anybody else think its weird that 90 pct of the segment was just the bus driver fawning over his new wheels?

It rides like a big old cadillac. It floats like a cadillac, steers like cadillac.

Does anybody else think its weird that 90 pct of the segment was just the bus driver fawning over his new wheels?

Well that was embarrassing.

The bus driver was Guy Clark?

yeah, Tito, I hate a bus that both smells and stinks.

Michael Jordan stole 30 bases that season. That kind of rules.

That was embarrassing. I did that interview over 15 years ago. Wish I still had that hair! Just for the record, Micheal didn't actually buy the bus for the Barons. He did trade sponsorship of his name for value with MCI, the coach manufacturer. Thrasher Brothers Trailways was always the actual owner. The coach was autographed, so it held extra value, and was sold at a premium in 2005. Micheal's golden touch did lead to Thrasher becoming the leading charter bus company in Birmingham. The company continues to provide new coaches to the Birmingham Barons ball team, a relationship of 29 years and counting. Thanks for the memory.

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