July 31, 1990 |
With all the hubbub surrounding the attempt by Nolan Ryan to win his 300th major-league game last week, it was easy to lose track of the achievements of a certain Comiskey Park slugger. And we don't mean Ron Kittle. The slugger we're talking about was none other than Michael Jeffrey Jordan, who continued to amaze the sporting world with his athletic escapades. Allowed to take batting practice before the White Sox played the Cleveland Indians at Comiskey, Jordan launched two home runs off Sox bullpen coach Dave LaRoche - a feat that makes him a better player right now than, well, Steve Jeltz.
November 14, 1986 |
The sports-celebrity business here is definitely a Bear market. Mike Ditka has a book. Jim McMahon has a book. William "The Refrigerator" Perry, no doubt, will soon be out with a book. Probably a big men's cookbook, featuring the Marlon Brando burger, the John Madden mousse and other delectables for those with the approximate size and appetite of developing nations. But these Bears have become a snarling, churlish, unappetizing bunch. Ditka, sounding like a dictator heading off a coup, is threatening to trade a growing list of malcontents.
January 30, 1992 |
The most popular man in sports has told his employers to stop selling his image. From now on, Michael Jordan said, only Nike Inc. - and not the NBA - can paste his name and likeness on T-shirts and other apparel. Jordan's decision probably will cost the league millions of dollars in sales. It also is expected to hurt former NBA players, who, under an agreement between the league and its players' association, get an annual pension payment based on sales of NBA merchandise. Instead, the spoils will go to Nike, the Oregon-based footwear and apparel company, and to Jordan himself.
November 26, 2013 |
John Lee showed up for an interview about his sneaker empire wearing a pair of leather loafers. "I'm not in the culture," the 53-year-old president and owner of KicksUSA said unapologetically. But with 30 sneaker and athletic-apparel stores in the Philadelphia area, and plans to double that number in two to three years with an expansion into New York, Lee is most assuredly in the business of serving that culture. It's a fanatical one. A limited-release shoe can trigger iPhonemania-like lines outside athletic-footwear stores like KicksUSA.
August 13, 2013 |
Maurice Holoway had been obsessing for six days. On that Monday he had read that the classic Air Jordan IIIs were being rereleased. These were the original red, white, and black kicks first made available to the public in 1988. Holoway, 28, knew he had to get to the store early if he wanted a crack at the $160 shoes. He didn't want to be disappointed. By 7:30 on that Saturday morning, when the UBIQ store opened in the Gallery, Holoway was standing pretty - first in line. For the occasion he wore his Nike Barkley Posite Max Phoenix Suns in rich purple faux crocodile skin with zigzags of bright powder blue and a Nike swoosh in shocking orange that cost him about $250.
November 8, 1996 |
Take two megastars and put them in the same movie and it begs the question: Who is bigger, Michael Jordan or Bugs Bunny? Warner Bros. next Friday will release "Space Jam," the long-awaited, full-length film featuring Jordan and Bugs Bunny. Jordan and the Looney Tunes gang are together to grab two audiences. Bugs and friends are for the little kids, Jordan for the older kids. That's the way it was planned, anyway. To test the theory, the Daily News yesterday went to the Greenfield Elementary School, 23rd and Chestnut streets, and polled classrooms in first grade and a fourth grade.
May 25, 1989 |
The higher he orbits above the NBA, the more of a reluctant astronaut Michael Jordan becomes. "Sometimes I wish I could be Michael Jackson for a day," Jordan has said several times in recent days. "Just for a day. To see how much worse it could get. " Jordan lives a lavish celebrity existence. He earns $3 million a year in salary and more than $5 million from endorsements. He drives a Ferrari, a Mercedes-Benz, a BMW and a Porsche. He has graced the cover of Sports Illustrated and GQ. He appears in television commercials hawking sneakers and breakfast cereal.
November 4, 1998 |
People used to line up to buy the newest Air Jordan basketball shoes. This year, sales of the most recent version, which reached stores over the weekend, aren't matching expectations, analysts are saying. Call it another casualty of the NBA lockout. Last night's scheduled opening games were canceled three weeks ago, and the economic impact is mounting. If the lockout isn't resolved soon, the losses could stretch into the billions and affect companies such as Nike Inc., television networks and cities banking on taxes from arenas, analysts told Bloomberg News.
February 6, 1988 |
The wind-chill factor on Michigan Avenue was 40 below zero yesterday, and it seemed that every person in Chicago was in the lobby of the Hyatt Regency Hotel to get out of the cold. It was probably just coincidence that they were all trailing Michael Jordan. Pro basketball is being showcased in Chicago this weekend, with the 38th annual NBA All-Star Game set for tomorrow. And Jordan, who is the hottest thing to hit this deep-frozen city since the Chicago Fire - or, at least, the Super Bowl Chicago Bears - is the biggest star of them all. If Jordan doesn't win today's slam-dunk contest, the sellout crowd at Chicago Stadium probably will not be pleased.
January 9, 1991 |
The 76ers are going through a particularly tough stretch these days. Consider: When the San Antonio Spurs beat them, 111-102, in overtime Monday night, it was their fifth defeat in the last six games. The Sixers are in the midst of adjusting to the trade that put Armon Gilliam in the starting lineup. The team's captain and the NBA's leading scorer, Charles Barkley, has two sore knees. Manute Bol's car broke down the other day. And now, here comes Michael Jordan.