Yearbook, Oct. 6: Jordan's first retirement

October, 6, 2012
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Oct. 6, 1993: On this day 19 years ago, the shocking news was confirmed by the man himself: Michael Jordan, age 30, was retiring from the game he seemed to tame -- most recently with three consecutive NBA championships.

Oh, but it's no spoiler to say it didn't last. While Jordan that day cited a loss of desire for the sport, a summer in baseball and nearly two full seasons away from hoops brought the man back for the 1994-95 playoffs. A year later, he and the Bulls started winning championships again.

Michael Jordan at his retirement press conferenceAP Photo/Mark EliasJordan, at his retirement press conference.
Phil Jackson, Jerry Krause, Scottie Pippen and John Paxson and Michael Jordan's retirement conferenceAP Photo/Mark EliasAmong those attending: Phil Jackson, Jerry Krause (seated, center), John Paxson (standing, second from left) and Scottie Pippen, among others.
Michael Jordan at a 1993 trophy ceremonyAP Photo/Ralf-Finn HestoftJordan, at a Nov. 1993 ceremony, turning his back on Chicago's trophies -- temporarily.
Patrick Dorsey works for SportsNation. He has worked for the Web and newspapers, had a cup of craft service coffee in film school, and played in one Division III golf tournament (he shot 105).

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