This Day in Black History: June 7, 1986

Bo Jackson is drafted by the Kansas City Royals.

Posted: 06/07/2014 12:00 AM EDT
Bo Jackson

(Photo: Gray Mortimore/Getty Images)

The Kansas City Royals drafted Bo Jackson on June 7, 1986, in the fourth round of the Major League Baseball amateur draft.

Jackson chose to begin a career in baseball despite being a 1985 Heisman trophy winner and Auburn University football star.

However, this wasn't the first time Jackson was drafted by a well-known baseball team. Prior to attending Auburn University, Jackson was drafted by the New York Yankees as a second-round pick, but denied the offer to pursue an education.

After a few years playing for the Royals, Jackson chose to head back into football and was the seventh-round draft pick of the Oakland Raiders until he hurt his hip in a game. Eventually, he returned to baseball in 1993 for the White Sox.

BET Sports News - Get the latest news and information about African-Americans in sports including weekly recaps, celebrity news and photos of your favorite Black athletes. Click here to subscribe to our newsletter.  

Get ready for the BET Experience, featuring Mary J. BligeMaxwellJill ScottA$AP RockyRick Ross and many more. Click here for more details and info on how to purchase tickets.

Articles You May Like

From Our Partners