This Day In Sport – October 6

They say we should use this time to learn something new – so we thought we’d offer up a history lesson free of charge!

We’re going to be recapping all the important sporting moments each and every day on the Ladbrokes Blog.

So if it’s AFL, NRL, Basketball, Cricket, Golf or even Wrestling, be sure to return each morning as we take a trip back through the history books to relive some of the great and important sporting moments in This Day In Sport!

1993 – Jordan Retires (Version 1.0)

At the peak of his powers, Michael Jordan shocked the sporting world by annoucing he would be retiring from the Chicago Bulls to pursue a career in Minor League Baseball.

The Chicago Tribune reported at the time:

Michael Jordan officially said goodbye to the Chicago Bulls on Wednesday, although he hinted of a possible return to professional basketball someday.

But like a politician hedging his bets, the 30-year-old master of the game stopped well short of raising big hopes, and sounded very much like a man at peace with his stunning retirement announcement.

“I feel I’ve reached the pinnacle of my career,” Jordan told an assemblage of several hundred reporters and cameramen at the Bulls’ training facility in Deerfield. “I don’t feel I have anything else to prove.”

“I’m not making this a `never’ issue. I’m saying I don’t have the drive right now.”

Jordan’s retirement had been the object of occasional speculation, especially after the July murder of his father, James, in an apparent robbery. Most of the talk suggested his stepping down at the end of the new season, presumably after a fourth consecutive NBA championship title.

It was a weary, funereal-looking Bulls’ owner Jerry Reinsdorf who wore the mask of shock for many, as fans, school children and the curious awaited confirmation of the superstar’s unexpectedly early exit from the game he has redefined.

“This is a very bittersweet day,” said Reinsdorf. “He’s doing exactly what he wants to do and I’m absolutely convinced he’s doing the right thing.” Reinsdorf said he did not try to talk Jordan out of retiring.

Jordan would go on to have a short-lived career in minor league baseball before making another comeback with the Bulls adding another three NBA Championships.

After his second retirement, he would go on to play two seasons with the Washington Wizards.

1990 – Pies Break Drought

After 32 years of heartbreak and oh-so-near misses, Collingwood broke their premiership hoodoo defeating Essendon by eight goals in the 1990 AFL Grand Final before a crowd of just under 99,000 at the MCG.

In a dominant display, Collingwood lead from start to finish keeping Essendon to just five goals for the entire day.

The only lowlight was an all-in brawl at quarter time, resulting in six players being reported and saw players and officials getting involved in fisticuffs as a result of a scuffle between Essendon’s Terry Daniher and Magpie Gavin Brown.

But this was Collingwood’s day.

The likes of Tony Shaw, Scott Russell, Damien Monkhurst, Tony Francis, Shane Kerrison and even some Peter Diacos magic all played their part in what was truly a special day for the Collingwood Football Club.

In the dying seconds of the game, Collingwood’s Darren Milliane, who played the entire 1990 finals series with a broken hand was awarded a free-kick, but he’d need not go ahead with it- the Magpies were premiers.

There were jubilant scenes around the MCG after the game amongst the players, officials and the long-suffering Magpie faithful but nothing compared to the celebrations back at Victoria Park and the streets of Collingwood for the days on end.

The final score -Collingwood 13-11 (89) def. Essendon 5-11 (41)

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