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Jim Morris: Born, Spouse, Children, MLB Stats, Net Worth, Wiki

Jim morris
Written by Jon Snow

Bio/Wiki

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.
Eye color Black
Hair color Blonde
Body Type Large

Personal Information

Date of Birth 19 January 1964
Day of Birth Sunday
Age 55 years
Zodiac Sign Capricorn
Place Of Birth Brownwood, Texas, United States
Nationality American
Ethnicity Caucasian
Complexion White
Mother Tongue English
Religion English
Sexual Orientation Straight
Signature

Family Information

Father Jim Morris Sr. (Navy officer & recruiter)
Mother Ollie Hale
Son Hunter Morris
Wives Shawna Morris (2nd)
Lorri Morris (1st)
Daughters Jaimee Morris
Chelsey Morris
Grandfather Ernest Morris (Paternal)
Aunt Laura Hale Harris (Maternal)

Education Qualifications

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)

Career

Position Pitcher
Bats Left
Throws Left
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

Strikeouts: 13

Awards and Honors Baseball Hall of Fame

MLB MVP’s

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
  1. Remembering Who You Are: This topic teaches audiences about the importance of integrity. Remembering who you are in all circumstances, when people are watching and when they are not. Jim tells personal stories about keeping promises, always doing what you say or promise, and what you do when no one is watching at all…makes you who you are
  2. Finding a Mentor and Becoming a Leader: In this program, Jim focuses on being the mentor for someone that you would want for yourself. While being that dream maker for another, and by surrounding yourself with the best people to bring out the best in you, you give yourself and others the best chance for success. Jim tells his own story of defeat while believing the wrong kind of people and shares about his successes while surrounded by key people who helped him believe in himself and pushed him to be the man he is today.
  3. Dream Makers: Jim speaks about chasing dreams, and being your best by surrounding yourself with the best mentors. He includes his life story and the dream makers who helped shaped his life. He incorporates client’s needs into his talks as requested, is entertaining with humor about himself and shows a seriousness regarding his own journey with Parkinson’s Disease as it relates directly to his grandfather’s struggle with ALS years ago. Audiences of all ages will leave talking about Jim Morris and his inspirational message filled with emotional highs and lows.

Favorites, Hobbies, Likes/ Dislike

Hobby Travelling
Favorite Sports Baseball (Most favorite), Football, Softball
Favorite sports persons Pete Rose

Contact Information

Contact (Email) booking@jimtherookiemorris.com
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

Money Factor

Salary (in 2000) $ 2,00,000 (from Tampa Bay Devil Rays)
Total worth $ 2 million

Famous Quotes by Jim Morris

  • If you believe then anything is possible
  • It’s never too late to believe in your dreams
  • I didn’t talk in my childhood, I was scared of my Dad, Now I’m making my living talking.
  • Don’t judge people because you have and they do not
  • First 15 years of my life were miserable, I blamed everyone else for my shortcomings.
  • Between the white lines of a baseball field, I could just be me and be a part of something bigger than my problems.
  • Dorothy was Right ‘There is no place like home’
  • When you lay your life out there, you want it to be as true as possible.
  • If you don’t have dreams, you don’t have anything.
  • Be present in your life and let your faith carry you through
  • My relationship with my dad was worse than G rated (as shown in the movie).
  • Remember who you are, and keep dreaming
  • If someone slams a door on your dreams, find another door to go in
  • I consider myself very lucky. God has a funny way of bringing some things around and knocking you in the head with the ultimate destination

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.

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  • 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.

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  • 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!

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  • 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.

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  • 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.

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