From 1991 to 1993, Michael Jordan of the Chicago Bulls was regarded as the best player in the National Basketball Association.
The 6'6" 208-pound guard led his team to three consecutive NBA championships in that string of seasons.
But in 1993, during the off-season, Jordan decided to walk away from the game due to the death of his father James.
Jordan made his decision on October 6, 1993, to retire.
During the summer of 1993, Jordan made the decision to join the Chicago White Sox class double-A farm baseball club Birmingham Barons.
After a season-ending strike for Major League Baseball in the summer of 1994, Jordan decided to hang up the baseball career and return to the NBA where he led the Bulls to three more consecutive championships from 1996 to 1998.
Jordan walked away from the game for good in January 1999.