Jim Morris Biography

Jim Morris is former professional Major League Baseball player. His meteoric rise from 35-year old high school teacher to flame-throwing major league pitcher in three months made cinematic history with the release of The Rookie, starring Dennis Quaid.

Originally drafted in the 1st round in 1984, 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, Morris 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, 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. Morris made the bet with his high school team: if they won the District Championship, he would tryout for the majors.

Morris’s team fulfilled their end of the bargain, which committed him to a big league tryout. Inspired by his family and students, Morris 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, Morris signed with the Los Angeles Dodgers and retired from baseball in 2001.

Following his retirement, Morris became a motivational speaker, and published an autobiography, The Oldest Rookie, and a memoir The Rookie: The Incredible True Story of a Man Who Never Gave Up on His Dream.

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Jim Morris Videos

The Unbelievable True Story of Baseball's Oldest Rookie | Jim Morris
The Unbelievable True Story of Baseball's Oldest Rookie | Jim Morris
Jim 'The Rookie' Morris - Subject of the Award-Winning Film, "The Rookie"
Jim 'The Rookie' Morris - Subject of the Award-Winning Film, "The Rookie"

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Jim Morris is a keynote speaker and industry expert who speaks on a wide range of topics including Faith & Religion, Inspirational and Sports Motivation. The estimated speaking fee range to book Jim Morris for live events is $10,000 - $20,000, and for virtual events Below $10,000. Jim Morris generally travels from San Antonio, TX, USA and can be booked for (private) corporate events, personal appearances, keynote speeches, or other performances. Similar motivational celebrity speakers are J.R. Martinez, Coach Ken Carter and Rudy Ruettiger. Contact All American Speakers for ratings, reviews, videos and information on scheduling Jim Morris for an upcoming event.

Jim Morris Videos

The Unbelievable True Story of Baseball's Oldest Rookie | Jim Morris
The Unbelievable True Story of Baseball's Oldest Rookie | Jim Morris
Jim 'The Rookie' Morris - Subject of the Award-Winning Film, "The Rookie"
Jim 'The Rookie' Morris - Subject of the Award-Winning Film, "The Rookie"

Jim Morris Reviews

  • National Ground Water Association - Dec 12 2019

  • Kareo - Aug 23 2019

  • Every year, our organization is challenged with finding the right speaker for our annual “SIOR Night.” This year, we had Jim speak, and he was the best speaker, by far, we’ve had in years! He took his personal life stories and made them relatable to everyone in the room. I think everyone walked away with two key messages from Jim—be a dream maker and know who you are. It doesn’t matter what walk of life you come from, Jim will have a positive impact on you. He is one of the most dynamic and impactful speakers, an absolute benefit to any event.”
    Society of Industrial and Office Realtors (SIOR) Greater Los Angeles - Oct 16 2017

Jim Morris Speaking Topics

  • The Rookie

    Jim Morris’s Cinderella story serves as testimony to the power of dreams and their ability to inspire and transform human life. Jim’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 Disney movie “The Rookie”. Hearing Jim tell his story about chasing your dreams and keeping your promises is more entertaining than the legendary film about his life. Jim draws lessons from his own life experiences to inspire others to become mentors and leaders in their own lives and to chase their dreams.

  • Remembering Who You Are

  • Motivation, Inspiration, baseball

  • Learning How to Laugh at Yourself

  • Keeping your Promises

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