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Jim Morris

Category: MLB
Fee Range: $10,000 – $20,000

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Biography:

The story of sports motivational speaker for hire Jim Morris serves as an inspiration for others to never, EVER, give up on your dreams. He was the subject of the blockbuster Disney film The Rookie in which he was portrayed by award-winning actor Dennis Quaid. The movie about Jim’s life won an ESPY for Sports Film of the Year and was voted one of the five best baseball films of all time by Sports Illustrated Magazine. Jim now travels the country inspiring others as a motivational keynote speaker for college speaker series, corporate conferences, sports ceremonies and other special events. He touches on topics including chasing your dreams, remembering who you are, finding a mentor and becoming a leader. He is a very approachable guy who loves to hang out with his audiences post-presentation.

Jim’s dream was to be a Major League Baseball pitcher. The son of a Navy recruiter, he moved around a lot as a kid and attended high school at Brownwood High School in Texas. The school did not have a baseball team so Jim played football, but he never gave up on his dream of being in the MLB. He was drafted by the New York Yankees in the 1982 amateur draft but did not sign with the team. The next year he signed with the Milwaukee Brewers and pitched for several seasons in the minor leagues before recurring arm injuries seemingly brought his MLB career to an end.

Jim began working as a high school science teacher in Texas and he also coached the baseball team. One fateful day, Jim was lecturing his team about the importance of setting goals and chasing your dreams and they made a bet with him that would change the rest of his life. If the team won the district championship, something it had never done in program history, Jim would have to try out again for a MLB team. As if scripted, the team won the championship and Jim kept his end of the bargain and tried out for the Tampa Bay Devil Rays.

Despite his age at 35 and several arm surgeries, Jim threw a string of 98-mph fastballs in tryouts that earned him a spot in the Devil Rays minor league organization. He worked his way up the farm system and officially made his MLB debut in front of family and friends in Texas against the Texas Rangers on September 18th, 1999. He made a total of 20 appearances between the 1999 and 200 seasons but was forced to retire shortly after due to his ailing arm. Yet his dream had been realized, and he had proved to himself and others that anything is possible when you are willing to put forth the effort to chase your dreams.

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