The Phillies seem to have the market cornered on Jordans in baseball. In fact the Phils have employed 6 out of 17 possible Jordans to ever play professionally on the diamond. Charlie Jordan was the first all the way back in 1896, followed by Buck in 1938, Niles in 1951, and more recently Kevin, Ricky, and Ricardo (no, not Ricky Ricardo....Lucy!) in the 90's. The best Jordan to ever grace the field was the 2-sport athlete Brian Jordan who was last seen hobbling around in a Braves uniform. Maybe Philly can lure him into town with the incentive of allowing him to end his career the way he started it by roaming the outfield for the Phils and playing cornerback for the Eagles (he can't get burned any worse than what they have back there now).
The 2nd best Jordan to ever don a baseball uniform was none other than former Phillies 1st round pick of 1983 Ricky Jordan. Ricky played for the Phils from 1988-1994 and ended his career with a swan-song in Seattle in '96. Ricky never came close to living up to his hype. He was a 1st baseman with little power (55 career homers) and pitiful plate discipline (77 walks in 2,104 at bats). Many of us only have fond memories of him because he was a member of the '93 squad (he went 2-10 in the World Series). I do believe Ricky now does the Phillies fantasy camps for over-the-hill rich yuppies to live out their dreams...I can't wait for that to be me.
The 3rd best Jordan to play Major League Baseball was infield utility man Kevin Jordan. You know the pickings are slim when I'm referring to Ricky and Kevin as the 2nd and 3rd best Jordans of baseball. Anyway, Kevin was a life-long Phillie (1995-2001), unless you count his days with the Independent League's Camden River Sharks. Kevin made a career out of being just serviceable enough to make a team think he was a useful player (i.e. Tomas Perez, Abraham Nunez, Lenny Harris). Truth was Kevin had horrible range at 1st, 2nd, and 3rd base but managed to hang around long enough to actually get the million dollar pay day back in 2000. He wore the #23 just like another famous Jordan, too bad he didn't share in his greatness.
Speaking of Mike, remember his ill-fated attempt at playing baseball? He was signed by the ChiSox as a publicity stunt, but Mike played the 2004 season for the Birmingham Barons AA. He did reasonably well batting .206 in 127 games. He even managed to knock in 51 runs while "crushing" 3 homers and stealing 30 bases. Thank goodness he went back to what he did best...basketball. But then again, if he would have stuck it out developing in the minors he could have unseeded Ricky or Kevin on the ladder of best Jordans in baseball...wouldn't take much.
Too bad this Jordan isn't a Phillies ballgirl...HOT!