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The Cinderella story of Jim Morris serves as testimony to the power of dreams and their ability to inspire and transform human life. Jim Morris’s meteoric rise from 35 year-old high school teacher to flame-throwing major league pitcher in 3 months, made cinematic history with the release of The Rookie starring Dennis Quaid. This heartwarming and unforgettable Disney blockbuster about chasing your dreams and keeping your promises, won the ESPY award for “Sports Film of the Year.” Sports Illustrated magazine also voted The Rookie one of the “five greatest baseball films ever made.”
Originally drafted in the 1st round in 1984, Jim Morris’s dream was to become a major league baseball player, but his career was derailed by a series of debilitating arm injuries before he got out of the minors in 1988. Instead, Jim got married, raised a family and got his college degree before becoming a high school science teacher and baseball coach in West Texas.
Eleven years after retiring from minor league baseball, Jim Morris was giving a speech to his high school team about the importance of dreams and hard work when his high school players challenged him to pursue his own dream of pitching in the major leagues. Jim Morris made the following bet with his high school team: if they won the District Championship, he would try out for the majors.
Jim Morris’s team fulfilled their end of the bargain, which committed him to a big league tryout. Inspired by his family and students, Jim immediately signed a professional baseball contract. His rise from obscurity became the feel-good story of 1999. After pitching for the Tampa Bay Devil Rays in 2000, Jim Morris signed with the Los Angeles Dodgers and retired from baseball in 2001.
Jim’s story has provided a platform to give back, inspire and encourage people of all backgrounds and ages to pursue their dreams and never give up. His philanthropic efforts include partnerships with organizations such as Arms of Hope, Boys & Girls Clubs of America, Boy Scouts of America, Play it Forward, Texas Youth Commission and BCFS.
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Today, Jim Morris lives with his family near Dallas and travels the country as America’s foremost inspirational and motivational speaker. His story has become an inspiration to anyone interested in living their dreams.
Despite his enormous success as a speaker, Jim Morris has remained genuine and developed a reputation among audiences as being a regular, approachable guy who hangs out with his audience. If you are looking for someone who will connect with your group, Jim Morris is your guy.