Bo Jackson rejoins White Sox as ambassador
BY DARYL VAN SCHOUWEN Staff Reporter January 22, 2014 6:08PM
Bo Jackson, the “Greatest Athlete of All Time” as designated by ESPN’s Sports Science and a former outfielder and designated hitter and member of the 1993 American League West Division Champion White Sox, is rejoining the organization as a team ambassador, the team announced Wednesday.
Jackson, who played from the Sox from 1991-93, joins Hall of Fame inductee Frank Thomas, Hall of Famer Carlton Fisk, Ron Kittle, Carlos May, Bill Melton and Minnie Minoso as Sox ambassadors.
Jackson was honored in 2013 with Major League Baseball’s Beacon Award, given to individuals whose lives have been emblematic of the spirit of the civil rights movement.
“Bo is an American sports legend, who always will hold a special place in hearts of White Sox fans” Sox chairman Jerry Reinsdorf said in a statement. “His heroic return from what seemed to be a catastrophic career-ending injury helped us win a division title in 1993 and demonstrated to the sports world an unrivaled will and determination to be the best. It is great to again welcome Bo Jackson as a member of the White Sox.”
An All-Star with the Kansas City Royals in 1989, Jackson is the only player named an All-Star in two professional sports. The 1985 Heisman Trophy winner played four seasons in the NFL.