Jordan Rides the Bus is an ESPN 30 for 30 film featuring Michael Jordan, who in 1994, signed with the Chicago White Sox and was assigned to the Double-A Birmingham Barons. He took the road trips, and worked hard, but never obtained major league stardom. After one season of baseball, Jordan rejoined the Chicago Bulls and won three consecutive basketball championships.
30 for 30: Jordan Rides the Bus Documentary, Biography, History | 51min | Episode aired 24 August 2010 6.9
Director: Ron SheltonStars: Ed Bradley, David Falk, Terry FranconaSummary: In the fall of 1993, in his prime and at the summit of the sports world, Michael Jordan walked away from pro basketball. After leading the Dream Team to an Olympic gold medal in 1992 and taking the Bulls to their third consecutive NBA championship the following year, Jordan was jolted by the murder of his father. Was it the brutal loss of such an anchor in his life that caused the world's most famous athlete to rekindle a childhood ambition by playing baseball? Or some feeling that he had nothing left to prove or conquer in basketball? Or something deeper and perhaps not yet understood? Ron Shelton, a former minor leaguer who brought his experiences to life in the classic movie "Bull Durham," will revisit Jordan's short career in the minor leagues and explore the motivations that drove the world's most competitive athlete to play a new sport in the relative obscurity of Birmingham, Alabama, for a young manager named Terry Francona.