Jim "The Rookie" Morris
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Through his Cinderella story as a small town high school teacher-turned-major league baseball player, Jim “The Rookie” Morris inspires others to never give up on a dream.
Jim was a minor-league baseball player whose major-league ambitions were dashed by arm injuries – or so he thought. He went on to coach a high school baseball team in West Texas, and made a bet with his last-place team: If they won the championship, he would try out for the majors. The team won. At his tryout, he threw 98 mph fastballs, and eventually made it to the majors at age 35. His unconventional path to the professional ranks makes him a living testimony to the power of dreams and their ability to inspire and transform one’s life.
The subject of the inspirational Disney feature film The Rookie, Jim reminds us that it is never too late to believe in – and achieve – our dreams, especially in the face of adverse circumstances and personal setbacks. His feel-good story leaves audiences encouraged and empowered with a renewed sense of self-belief and the energy and passion to take a chance, tackle their goals, and change their lives.
Jim’s latest book, Dream Makers: Surround Yourself with the Best to be Your Best, released in 2020, shares more of his incredible life story including the people who helped make him the success he is today: his Dream Makers.
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