978-0-316-59156-0 / 9780316591560

The Oldest Rookie: Big-League Dreams from a Small-Town Guy


Publisher:Little, Brown and Company



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After an injury-plagued stint in the minor leagues in his twenties, Jim Morris hung up his cleats and his dreams to start a new life as a father, high school physics teacher, and baseball coach. Jims athletes knew that his dream was still alivehe threw the ball so hard they could barely hit itand made a bet with him: if they won the league championship, he would have to try out for a major league ball club. They didand he did, and during that tryout threw the ball faster than he ever had, faster than anyone there, nearly faster than anyone playing in the Bigs. He was immediately drafted by the Tampa Bay Devil Rays and three months later made his major league debut, striking out All-Star Royce Clayton. This book can easily take its place on the shelf with some of the great inspirational sporting stories like Field of Dreams and Final Rounds. Morris story has been covered in Time, People, Sports Illustrated, USA Today, on CBS, NBC, ESPN, and many other venues.

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