Back in the late 80’s there was a man challenging Jose Canseco for the popularity crown in baseball. His name was Bo Jackson and to this day many in the sports media believe he was the greatest athlete to ever play the sport. While he was an exciting and extremely popular player, statistically his numbers have aged horribly. First, Bo played seasons four of 100+ games before his injury yet was able to hit 30+ only once, in 1989. That year Jose got more votes than any other Major League Player and that is without playing a single game. That’s right, he sat the first half of the season with a broken wrist. That didn’t stop his fans (i.e ; me) from voting Jose into the all-star game.
In 1991 Bo Jackson suffered a severe injury that immediately ended his football days and would slowly kill his baseball career as well. I can only imagine what Bo could have done had he ditched football and given baseball 100% of his time and effort. After his injury, the Kansas City Royals dumped him to the Chicago White Sox where he made a nice comeback and played two seasons before being traded to the Angels in 1994. In his final season, at just 31 years of age, a half-crippled Bo Jackson hit 13 home runs and 43 R.B.I in just over 200 at-bats. When the 1994 strike ended the season early, Bo quietly retired.
Although his time in the baseball spotlight was a quick one, no one will ever forget the amazing Bo Jackson. If you are in a nostalgic mood, check out this old commercial during the “Bo Knows” era on YouTube.