One of my favorite VHS tapes to watch as a kid was the movie ”Hardball”. Before Keanu Reeves save humanity from the Matrix, he played an unsuccessful gambler who coached a baseball team to pay off a debt he owed to a business executive. This varies baseball team was all inner-city youths who didn’t care for the sport but eventually gained life lessons through adversity and teamwork.
With the movie ”Hardball” being so impactful in my life, my interest in the MLB grew. I began looking for baseball players who had fire signature shoe designs and was hitting home runs in style. It was a challenge, but I managed to narrow the list down to the top 3 baseballs to change the sneaker game!
1. Bo Jackson – ’Bo Knows’ is a memorable quote that explains how knowledgeable this guy was in the world of sports. His natural ability and outstanding athleticism made Bo the perfect face for the Nike Training series. Whether Bo was playing baseball or football during the off season, the Nike Air Trainer is an all- purpose sneaker suitable for grass or turf.
2. Deion Sanders – Speaking of turf, Deion Sanders too was sharing his talents with the MLB and NFL in the 1990’s. Whether in the field catching ground balls or strapping down a wide receiver, Deion was an Anglo-American athlete who performed with flash. The Nike Diamond Turf series is a sneaker that constantly gets retroed til this day.
3. Ken Griffey Jr. – Following tradition, Nike wanted to design a shoe that is meant not only for the field, but also when Ken decides to workout. A big change in style was created when Ken’s shoe was made as a special edition to the Air Max 1 family. Air Griffey Max 1 has a large assortment of colorways and is truly a fan favorite.