The videos include an interview and a clip of him during a motivational speaking engagement. Want more? TVTropes is licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution-NonCommercial-ShareAlike 3.0 Unported License. Permissions beyond the scope of this license may be available from As I’m sure you can guess, he does eventually get to go to the Majors and pitch. So when they do just that, Morris has no choice but to keep his end of the bargain and pursue his dream. The film also stars Rachel Griffiths as Lorri Morris, Jay Hernandez as Joaquin "Wack" Campos and Brian Cox as Jim Morris Sr. And, in a case of art imitating life, Morris makes a cameo appearance as an umpire, the latest twist in this real-life fairy tale. He then is assigned to the Durham Bulls, but is later called up to the Major Leagues. After relatively short stints at Double-A and Triple-A, he was called up to the Devil Rays in September of 1999. 76. Then they James Morris spent two seasons with the Tampa Bay Devil Rays, as a relief pitcher. In List of members of the Baseball Hall of Fame (chronological),, The film has Morris making his debut against the. Only this is a true story. No matter your age, you can always strive to make your dream a reality. my kids to grow up and enjoy their childhood and be carefree. thing I never tried to pursue is my football career. The Rookie, is a movie based on the true-life tale of Jim Morris, a 35 year-old science teacher who became one of the oldest rookies in the major leagues as a baseball pitcher. Averaged 44.5 yards." The Rookie (2002) cast and crew credits, including actors, actresses, directors, writers and more. Morris answered this in an ESPN interview by saying, "I 1 Comments - read or post. His story was later adapted to the film, “The Rookie,” where he … (uncredited), Baseball fan / (as Robert Logan), Jimmy's Brother Although Morris retired from baseball this spring—tendinitis and elbow surgery quickly intruded on his short major league career—he says he will cherish the memories, especially visiting Yankee Stadium. The real Jim Morris has a cameo appearance in the film as an umpire in one of the games. Morris sheepishly explained his situation and Gassaway agreed to let him throw—after the teenagers finished their workouts. When he does, the professional scouts discover his ability to throw the ball at 98 miles per hour, a feat that less than ten professional baseball players at the time could accomplish. ‘Morris!!! Stadium Vendor I feel blessed everyday that I get to spend my days working with my best friend and love of my life while we continue to grow and expand what started as a hobby all those years ago. I was 3. What have I done?’” recalled Morris. Morris, a high-school chemistry teacher and baseball coach when the movie opens, is a former Major League baseball prospect whose injuries sidelined him. The Rookie is a 2002 drama, directed by John Lee Hancock. I think he tried After that, he became a chemistry teacher, head baseball coach, and assistant football coach at a Texas high school. You suck! which made it really hard on me." I was 28, I played at Angelo State in San Angelo, Texas. When no NFL scouts called, he began devoting all his time to teaching. scout that looked at me, shook the gun, and it wasn't even When we were done Gassaway said, ‘They are going to think I am off-the-wall crazy, but I’ve got to call this in.’”, By the time Morris got home the Devil Rays had already called several times. The Rookie ... (Fans may be interested to know that the real Morris has a cameo as an umpire, and Royce Clayton, Morris’ first major-league strikeout victim, sportingly agreed to strike out again for the movie’s recreation of the moment.) were shaking the gun the first four or five pitches. In reality, he never did. Can I have your autograph?’ I turned around and it was a big policeman. The Rookie is a 2002 film directed by John Lee Hancock, written by Mike Rich and featuring Dennis Quaid as real-life former pitcher Jim Morris who began his pitching career at the late age of 35 for the Tampa Bay Devil Rays.