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Wednesday, January 22, 2014
Bo Jackson becomes ambassador

By Doug Padilla
ESPNChicago.com

CHICAGO -- The Chicago White Sox might have missed out in the Masahiro Tanaka sweepstakes Wednesday, but they were still able to add a high-profile name.

Bo Jackson will return to the club as a team ambassador, joining new Hall of Fame inductee Frank Thomas in the role, as well as former White Sox players Carlton Fisk, Ron Kittle, Carlos May, Bill Melton and Minnie Minoso.

Although Jackson played the bulk of his baseball career with the Kansas City Royals, he played for the White Sox in 1991 and '93, and remains a resident of the Chicago area. He batted .250 in his major league career with 114 home runs, 415 RBIs and 82 steals in 694 career games. He finished his baseball career in 1994 with the California Angels.

One of Jackson's most memorable moments in a White Sox uniform came in 1993, when he returned from hip-replacement surgery to hit a home run in his first at-bat. Later that season he hit a three-run homer against the Seattle Mariners as the White Sox clinched the AL West title.

"Bo is an American sports legend, who always will hold a special place in hearts of White Sox fans," White Sox chairman Jerry Reinsdorf said in a statement. "His heroic return from what seemed to be a catastrophic career-ending injury helped us win a division title in 1993, and demonstrated to the sports world an unrivaled will and determination to be the best. It is great to again welcome Bo Jackson as a member of the White Sox."

The former NFL running back is the only athlete to be named an All-Star in two sports. He was named MVP of the 1989 All-Star Game after hitting a home run and robbing another in the outfield.

Jackson was designated "greatest athlete of all time" by ESPN's Sports Science. In 2013, he was honored with Major League Baseball's Beacon Award, which recognizes individuals whose lives have been emblematic of the spirit of the civil rights movement.