“Everyone has to have hope in their life, or they will eventually become your enemy.”
Remembering Who You Are
Finding a Mentor & Becoming a Leader
“Jim Morris was a fantastic speaker for our conference. His story was very inspirational and the audience enjoyed it tremendously. I received a lot of direct feedback and heard “it was the best speaker we have had!”
– International Automotive Remarketers Alliance
Jim “The Rookie” Morris was a real dream to work with and his message was perfect for our attendees – all of whom are in the “people” business. Jim’s story and journey is so down-to-earth, humorous and inspiring…he truly set the tone for our 2016 TAF&E Convention & Trade Show and we couldn’t have chosen anyone better or a better message! There isn’t a group who wouldn’t benefit from experiencing Jim Morris – Book it TODAY!!”
– Jennifer Allison, Executive Director, Texas Association of Fairs & Events
“Jim – thank you again for such an incredible job last night. Can’t tell you how many people approached us afterwards with praise for you & your message. Please keep doing what you’re doing.”
– Greg Katulka
Boys & Girls Clubs of Hall County
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, was nominated for a Critics Choice Award, won an ESPY for “Sports Film of the Year.” and Sports Illustrated magazine 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 bet with his high school team: if they won the District Championship, he would tryout 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.