|Full Name||James Samuel Morris Jr.|
|Nickname (s)||The Rookie, Jimmy|
|Profession (s)||Coach (baseball), Softball, Baseball, Rugby, Teacher (science), Sports Player, Motivational Speaker|
Physical Stats and More
|Height (approx.)||in centimeters: 190 cm|
|in meters: 1.9 m|
|in feet inches: 6 Feet 3 Inches|
|Weight (approx.)||in kilogram: 97 kg|
|in pounds: 214 lbs.|
|Date of Birth||19 January 1964|
|Day of Birth||Sunday|
|Place Of Birth||Brownwood, Texas, United States|
|Father||Jim Morris Sr. (Navy officer & recruiter)|
|Wives||Shawna Morris (2nd)|
|Lorri Morris (1st)|
|Grandfather||Ernest Morris (Paternal)|
|Aunt||Laura Hale Harris (Maternal)|
|Education (Graduation)||Graduation in kinesiology & psychology|
|Education (High School)||Brownwood High School (Brownwood, Texas, United States)|
|Education (College)||Paris Junior College (Paris, Texas),
Ranger College (Ranger, Texas)
|Alma Mater||Angelo State University (San Angelo, Texas)|
|First Game||09 – 18 – 1999 (Age 35)|
|Last Game||05 – 09 – 2000|
|Draft||1983: 1st Round (4th)|
|Sports Career||January 11, 1983: Drafted by the Milwaukee Brewers in the 1st round (4th pick) of the 1983 amateur draft (January Secondary).
June 15, 1987: Released by the Milwaukee Brewers.
September 25, 1988: Signed as a Free Agent with the Chicago White Sox.
October 22, 1989: Granted Free Agency.
June 23, 1999: Signed as a Free Agent with the Tampa Bay Devil Rays.
November 27, 2000: Released by the Tampa Bay Devil Rays.
December 14, 2000: Signed as a Free Agent with the Los Angeles Dodgers.
|MLB debut||September 18, 1999, for the Tampa Bay Devil Rays|
|Last MLB appearance||May 9, 2000, for the Tampa Bay Devil Rays|
|MLB statistics||Win–loss record: 0–0
Earned run average: 4.81
|Awards and Honors||Baseball Hall of Fame
MLB Cy Young Award
MLB Rookie of the Year
Rawlings Gold Gloves
2019 HOF results
2020 Hall of Fame ballot
And many more
|Baseball Minor League Career||New York Yankees amateur draft: He was one of their selected players in 1982, but he did not take the offer
Milwaukee Brewers Draft: In 1983 he signed with the Brewers he stayed with them until his release in 1987.
Chicago White Sox: He signed with the White Sox in 1989
Orlando Rays: He played for them in the second innings of his career around 1999
Durham Bulls: He then moved on to Durham Bulls where he was picked up by the Tampa Bay Devil Rays.
|Baseball Coach||Jim started working as a baseball coach at the Reagan County High School in Big Lake, Texas|
|Current Profession||Motivational Speaker and Influencer|
|Current Clients||Dreyfus Investments Division of MBSC
MidAmerica Financial Services
Crump Life Insurance Services
Great West Casualty Company
Hamilton, Ontario B’Nai Brith
Fire Chief’s Association of Massachusetts
Energy Telecommunication and Electrical Association
Association for Manufacturing Excellence
Texas Chief Deputies Association
AXA Equitable Life Insurance
Pipeline Contractors Association
The Tire Industry Association
American Dental Association
Farm Credit Services of America
Washington State Human Resources Council
Minnesota Association of School Administrators
American Line Builders
The Green Turtle Franchising Corporation
Granville Christian School
Reinke Manufacturing Co
The Father’s House Church
Voluntary Protection Program Participants Association
And many more…
|Keynote recent programs||
Favorites, Hobbies, Likes/ Dislike
|Favorite Sports||Baseball (Most favorite), Football, Softball|
|Favorite sports persons||Pete Rose|
|Contact (Phone)||(830) 377-0760|
|Web Contact||Web Contact|
|Talent Agent||Steve Canter (His baseball agent)|
Social Networks, Web links
|Wiki Page||Wiki Page|
|Facebook Profile||Facebook Profile|
|Twitter Profile||Twitter Profile|
|Official Website||Official Website|
|Salary (in 2000)||$ 2,00,000 (from Tampa Bay Devil Rays)|
|Total worth||$ 2 million|
Famous Quotes by Jim Morris
and many more…
Lesser Known facts about Jim Morris
- Although a Texan by birth, Jim Morris had quite a few exposures of different cities of the United States. He lived in several cities like New Haven in the State of Connecticut, Jacksonville in the State of Florida, Illinois and Great Lakes due to the virtue of his father’s profession, who served in the United States Navy and later became its recruiter.
- Jim Morris shared a very close intimate relation with his grandfather, Ernest Morris, a church secretary. He has been quoted referring to him as his role model and inspiration. According to him, his grandfather was an honest and wise man.
- Since childhood, Jim Morris was always interested in sports. He loved sports so much that he started playing baseball only at the age of three!
- Everyone knows Jim Morris as one of the living legends of baseball ever. But only a few know that he also used to play as a punter, wingback and kicker in the football team of his High School (The Lions) and were even very good in it. He even won the State Football Championship during his high school years.
- Jim Morris even played softball for almost 7 years when he was young. He played in a team which ranked amongst the top seven national softball teams of the United States.
- Jim Morris did not taste success in the initial years of his baseball career. His debut selection (by the New York Yankees) in the year 1982 in the amateur baseball draft was at the 466th overall position, which disappointed him so much that he did not even join it. In 1983, Jim Morris tried again and was signed at the 4th overall position by the Milwaukee Brewers in their January Secondary amateur baseball draft.
- During his short initial career span from 1983-87, Jim Morris, suffered a lot of arm injuries while playing in the baseball minor leagues due to which he was dropped out from the team in 1987.
- In 1989, Jim Morris was again signed by another organization, the Chicago White Sox, in which he had a brief stint.
- Jim Morris became so frustrated when he was not being able to rise in his career past the single-A leagues that he took early retirement at an age of 24.
- After retiring from his playing career, Jim Morris decided to become a physical science teacher and baseball coach but his destiny held something else for him, a future he never had thought of!
- Jim Morris is still remembered as the “Man of his words” for the famous promise he made to his team, the Reagan County Owls while coaching them. The promise he made to them was that if they Baseball District Championship (which they had never done in their history before), he would try and make the place into the Major League Baseball, the oldest major professional sports league. And when his team actually did win the District Championship, he went all out of his way to keep his promise by attending the tryouts of Tampa Bay Devil Rays.
- During his Major League Baseball Debut in 1999, Jim was astonished to discover that he could still throw 12 consecutive fastballs at a speed of 98 mph despite his age and arm surgeries that he underwent to treat his injuries from the initial playing career.
- At an age of 35, Jim Morris went on to sign a professional contract with the organization of Devil Rays, against the will of his family, probably because he felt that he still has got the spark left in him and wanted the world to see it.
- Jim Morris’ performance in the Major League Baseball with the Durham Bulls and the Tampa Bay Devil Rays in 1999 made him a baseball star and he fulfilled his dream of making it to the Majors of the League.
- Before Jim Morris again succumbed to his arm injuries, he made 17 major appearances with his final one being at the Yankee Stadium in the year 2000.
- In any of the major league appearances, Jim Morris did not make any wins or losses.
- Jim Morris is one of the very rare examples of baseball players who after taking early retirement, returned back to the field and made it real big in their second stint.
- Jim Morris has been operated six times for the arm injuries he got during his short playing career in baseball, with two Tommy John surgeries (Ulnar collateral ligament reconstruction), one in 1986 and another in 2000 (after his second stint as a baseball player when his arm injuries recurred after playing Major League Baseball).
- After his first marriage to Lorri Morris failed in 2000, he started blind dating! On one such fine blind date, he met his second and present wife Shawna Morris.
- Jim Morris wrote his autobiography named “The Old Rookie” describing his life experiences and the ups and downs he faced in his career but living by the spirit of never giving up.
- Jim Morris now works as a motivational speaker and one can also book him for a speech at your school, office, corporation, non-profit organizations and other places with a fee ranging from $10,000 to $15,000 per session. One of his noted speech events includes “Million Dollar Round Table”.
- A feature film, named The Rookie, was released in 2002 by Disney based on the life of Jim Morris which especially highlights his rise from an early retired player who never played beyond minor leagues to a successful player who shined like gold in the Major League Baseball. The movie was directed by John Lee Hancock and featured Dennis Quaid in the role of Jim Morris. The movie (which also starred Jim Morris himself in a short role/guest appearance as an umpire) won the best sports film of the year award. It was also touted as one of the top five greatest baseball films ever made in the history of cinema.
- Jim Morris made several small appearances in some TV shows. The most noted ones include a talk show in “The Tonight Show” hosted by Jay Leno in 1994 and a TV series named “Sunday Night Baseball” in which he appeared as himself in one of the episodes in 2000.
- Jim Morris is the founder of a non-profitable organization named The Rookie Morris Foundation with the help of which he aims to empower the poor and deprived communities of the United States. Being from a small town, like Texas, himself he understands the grief of poverty-stricken people and offers them aid in the form of food, sports equipment, teaching workshops, and facilities. He wishes to spread the message of love and unity with this foundation.
- Showing his love for his grandfather, who was a church secretary, Jim Morris actively participates as a spokesperson for the Christian community and organizations. He even gives motivational speeches at Churches and fills people with feelings of hope, faith, love, unity, and humanity amongst people, especially the ones coming from poor families.
- Apart from being a motivational speaker, Jim Morris is also a very good inspirational writer. He owns a blog where he writes and spreads his words to the large masses and inspires them to embrace the crests and troughs of life and live every moment of it. By means of this blog, he also likes to keep his fans updated with the events going on in his life. He is also very famous for his inspirational and motivational quotes.
- Jim Morris owns an official website with the name jimtherookiemorris.com. The site contains a complete package of him for his fans. It contains everything from his know-about to the list of clients, programs conducted by him in the past, fan testimonials, videos featuring his inspirational talks and speeches, a look at his blog and easy filling forms for booking him for a motivational talk at your program, the site actually has got it all!
- In April 2013, Jim Morris was diagnosed with Parkinson’s disease. Although he was suffering from it for 15 years, it went unnoticed due to less number of symptoms. It only came into light when his nerve pain got severe over the years.
- Jim Morris wrote quite a few articles on his blog related to his diagnosis with Parkinson’s disease. Though shaken by this diagnosis (as indicated by an article, named “Can’t shake it. My Parkinson’s diagnosis”, written by him on his blog), the articles that followed later showed that he has decided to firmly stand up and fight this medical condition. An article published in his blog on March 2015 was titled “Strike Out Parkinson’s Event – 4.11.15” which sent out invitations of an event to be conducted by him and his wife in collaboration with Team Fox North Texas with a motive of spreading awareness and fighting against Parkinson’s disease.
- Even after becoming America’s foremost motivational speaker, Jim Morris has a genuine and down-to-earth personality with a helping nature, especially for the poor. He is very approachable, connectible and always up for interaction.