The Rookie: The Incredible True Story of a Man Who Never Gave Up on His Dream

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Grand Central Publishing, Nov 15, 2008 - Biography & Autobiography - 288 pages
He Played A Boy's Game. He Lived A Man's Life. As a lonely child, Jim Morris took one thing with him wherever his family moved-his ability to hit and throw a baseball. For Jim, the passion of becoming a major-league ballplayer was his anchor and inspiration...until injuries and life got in the way. A decade after Jim walked away from the minors and began a life of fatherhood and mortgage payments, he made a promise to the hardscrabble high-school team he coached: If they could win their local championship, he would try out again for the big leagues. They did-and he did. Now, in this wondrous, heart-tugging book, Jim Morris tells the story of his remarkable life and his amazing journey to the Big Show at the age of thirty-five...and how he finally fulfilled his childhood dream.

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I saw the movie before I read this book, which is generally something tough for me to do (I'm not the best at staying tuned when I already know what's going to happen). However, this book definitely ... Read full review

The Rookie: The Incredible True Story of a Man Who Never Gave Up on His Dream

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This inspiring true story should do well in young adult collections. Morris, a 35-year-old Texas high school physics teacher and baseball coach (whose previous attempts to break into the bigs fell ... Read full review



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Jim Morris was a high school physics teacher until becoming a professional ballplayer at age 35. He is currently a relief pitcher for the Tampa Bay Devil Rays, & lives in San Angelo, TX.

Joel Engel is an author & journalist who co-authored "By George", the "New York Times" best-selling autobiography of George Foreman. He lives in Los Angeles.

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