Twenty years ago, Michael Jordan traded in his basketball for a glove and a baseball bat to play with the Chicago White Sox’s minor league affiliate. When MJ opted for the baseball field, so did the production of some of his footwear. Nike/Jordan Brand began suiting up many of the Air Jordan models with cleats. In 1999, a few months after Jordan’s second retirement, Jordan Brand endorsed Derek Jeter, their first athlete in Major League Baseball. Since signing Jeter, Jordan Brand’s influence in baseball has spread across the League, giving fans a chance to see a continual string of PEs on the baseball diamond. Earlier this year, Jeter announced that the 2014 season will be his last time donning the Yankees’ pinstripes. To honor Jeter’s legendary career and the 20-year anniversary of MJ’s switch from shooting hoops to swinging a bat, we present a look back at some of the best, and most iconic, Air Jordans made for the baseball diamond.
The release date is set and locked in for the Air Jordan 6 White/Infrared as Jordan Brand drops official photos of the highly-anticipated retro. Returning in OG form, white synthetic leather handles the kick’s upper, sprinkled with perforations throughout. Set as a solid secondary, the tongue inner lining and heel tab are featured in black, while infrared touches down on the midsole and midfoot branding. Lastly, blue-tinted translucent sections find their place on the outsole. Check out the Air Jordan 6 now and its coinciding apparel collection in the photos below, and look for the White/Infrared AJ 6 to release on Saturday, February 15 at Nike Store and select Jordan retailers.