History Behind The Number 45 On The Air Jordan 10 “Chicago” 2015 Retro

A little bit of knowledge.

With the Air Jordan 10 Chicago’s set to retro in 2015, besides an upgrade in quality because of the remastering initiative, we noticed a huge difference: the number 45 on the side, instead 23 or the shoe wearing no number as releases prior. The public finally has a shot at a shoe that was once a rare PE in 1994. A lot of people might be puzzled by this, so we thought we could clear things up.

20 years ago, Michael Jordan gave a crack at playing professional baseball, per his father’s wishes. Jerry Reinsdorf owned both the Chicago Bulls and their baseball brothers, the White Sox, so the move was natural. He picked the number 45 because someone else already was #23 on the team, and 45 was the number his brother wore during high school basketball. Michael’s baseball days set the story for the Air Jordan I & IX Birmingham Barons – also with the number 45 on them.

Upon leaving the NBA to pursue playing Baseball, Michael Jordan’s number 23 jersey was retired. When he returned to basketball for the 1994-95 season, he retained number 45 for a while. Wearing his brother’s number in the NBA was more sentimental for Michael than anything else. In the Eastern Conference semi-finals Game 1 versus the Orlando Magic, he was not playing like the amazing Michael Jordan everyone marveled – the Bulls lost that 6-game series. The Air Jordan 10 Chicago’s were the shoe he wore for the majority of that first season back, and are finally returning in Michael Jordan PE glory.

How do you feel about the Jordan 10 Chicago’s return in rare form wearing 45 on the lateral? Let us know below.

Source: SI/Yahoo Sports