Jim Morris

Jim “The Rookie” Morris

Former MLB Player
Inspiration for Disney’s 2002 film, The Rookie

Jim Morris’s Cinderella story serves as testimony to the power of dreams and their ability to inspire and transform human life. His meteoric rise from 35-year old high school teacher to flame-throwing major league pitcher in three months made cinematic history with the release of The Rookie, starring Dennis Quaid. Jim’s rise from obscurity became the feel-good story of 1999. After pitching for the Tampa Bay Devil Rays in 1999 and 2000, Jim Morris signed with the Los Angeles Dodgers and retired from baseball in 2001.


Jim lives with his family near San Antonio and travels the world as America’s foremost inspirational and motivational speaker. His story has become an inspiration to anyone interested in overcoming life’s obstacles and living their dreams. Jim has participated in such prestigious events as The Million Dollar Round Table, numerous speaker showcases, and is the author of “The Rookie.”


Jim’s story has provided a platform to give back, inspire and encourage people of all backgrounds and ages to pursue their dreams and never give up! His philanthropic efforts include partnerships with the following organizations:

  • Nissan North America
  • B2W Software
  • Jubilant Draximage
  • Kansas Farm Bureau
  • BP Global Suppliers
  • Texas Fire Chiefs Association
  • Boys and Girls Clubs of America
  • WorldPay
  • Grace Fellowship Church
  • American College of Osteopathic Internists
  • EACS Education Foundation
  • HealthTech S3

“Become the mentor you would want others to be for yourself.” -Jim “The Rookie” Morris


Dream Makers

Jim shares his memoirs, documented in the movie, “The Rookie” and about those dream makers who helped to shape his life.  He incorporates each client’s request and event theme while sharing the life lessons passed down to him by his grandfather and the lessons he learned from a small-town baseball team who helped him pursue his long-time dream of becoming a major league baseball player.  Through Jim’s self-deprecating humour and his ability to take the audience on an emotional ride, everyone is inspired as he shares his journey of failures and successes while chasing his dreams and overcoming life’s obstacles.

Remember Who You Are

Jim shares the importance of integrity and being authentic to who you are in all circumstances, when others are watching and when they are not.  Using his personal story as an example, Jim shares the principle of keeping your promises and the value of being a person of your word……That is what makes you who you are.

Finding a Mentor and Becoming a Leader

Using his life experiences and good humour, Jim shares his own story of failures while surrounding himself with the wrong influences and successes, while surrounded by key people who helped him believe in himself and who pushed him to become the man he is today.  Through these examples, Jim encourages the audience to surround themselves with mentors who bring out their best and, in turn, create an opportunity for success.

Jon Montgomery
After Dinner / Hosts / Motivators / Olympic Heroes / Sports