Michael Jordan: Early Years / Childhood

Michael Jordan was born on February 17, 1963, in Brooklyn, New York, the son of Deloris and James Jordan. His family moved to Wilmington, North Carolina, when he was a toddler, and while growing up in Wilmington, North Carolina. His first love was actually baseball, a special passionate liking that he shared with his father, who also loved the game of baseball. At a young age, Michael Jordan started receiving recognition for his athletic talents and gifts. He showed the ability to excel in sports such as football, baseball, and basketball. He won the Dixie Youth Baseball Association’s Mr. Baseball title, and the Outstanding Athlete title while attending Trask Middle School. His fascination with the game of basketball grew even further after developing a competitive rivalry with his brother, Larry Jordan, who himself was recognized as a great athlete and talented basketball player at a young age. The two would play numerous one-on-one basketball pick-up games as youngsters, with Larry Jordan winning a majority of the one-on-one battles.

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