Jim Morris Speaker Profile
Jim Morris Biography
Jim Morris was the feel-good sports story of 1999, when at 35 he became a rookie pitcher for the Tampa Bay Devil Rays. Morris was a science teacher and baseball coach in a Texas high school when, urged on by his students, he attended a Devil Rays tryout. When Tampa Bay scouts found that he could throw the ball 98 MPH, they signed Morris to a minor league contract. Late in 1999 he was called up to the major league club and made his unlikely debut against the Texas Rangers. Morris pitched in 21 games for Tampa Bay in 1999 and 2000 before shoulder surgery ended his 2000 season; he retired with a sore shoulder while in spring training with the Los Angeles Dodgers in 2001. He co-wrote a 2001 book about his experiences, titled The Oldest Rookie, and his story was made into a 2002 feature film, The Rookie, starring Dennis Quaid as Morris.
Morris struck out the very first batter he faced in the major leagues, Royce Clayton of the Texas Rangers... By coincidence Morris played AAA ball for the Durham Bulls, the team celebrated in the 1988 Kevin Costner movie Bull Durham... Morris's story is sometimes compared to that of Vince Papale, who was a 30-year-old rookie for football's Philadelphia Eagles in 1976. Papale's story was also made into a film, the 2006 feature Invincible.
Jim Morris Booking and Hiring InformationPopular baseball players such as a Jim Morris have made the national past time what it is today. The booking agents at AthletePromotions can assist with Jim Morris appearances or speaking engagements from current and retired legends. We have years of experience in booking the boys of summer for autograph signings as well as keynote speeches. Booking a baseball speaker like Jim Morris is not a hard process. Our agents can provide availability, fees and all costs associated in bringing out a successful football star to your next corporate event. Our team will find Jim Morriss agent to make this booking happen. A Jim Morris appearance will add energy to your upcoming event and reward employees, customers and clients. Most likely, baseball fans and corporations can find Jim Morris's official website, charity involvement, Twitter account, representation, publicist and management info at www.Jim Morris.com.
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Posted on 2 November 2016 | 3:07 pm
Former MLB player Jim Morris has been announced as the keynote speaker for the Kansas Agri Business Expo that’s happening on November 17th at the Hyatt Regency Hotel in Wichita. It will be an event, as he is scheduled to start speaking at 8:30 a.m. during the breakfast happening in the Eagle Ballrooms. Morris will Read More
Posted on 13 February 2016 | 11:19 pm
This upcoming June, Jim Morris will be a guest speaker at the second annual Varsity Best Preps Banquet. The event will be June 14th at the Maude Cobb Convention and Activity Center in Longview, Texas. The event is open to the public and the tickets will go on sale in May. The second installment of Read More
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