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The inspirational story of Jim “The Rookie" Morris' unconventional method of motivating his young athletes is the inspiration for the Walt Disney blockbuster The Rookie and also The Blindside.

When he was 35 years old, Jim promised the high school baseball team he was coaching that if they won the district championship he would try out for the big leagues. When they did, he kept his promise and three months after his first try-out he was pitching in the big leagues, striking out the very first batter he faced.

This extraordinary achievement is the basis of Jim's speeches; a born teacher, he connects with his audiences on a very personal level because everyone can relate to his inspirational story of going from struggling to success.

Whether speaking to a large corporation, a church group, a school or a fundraiser, Jim uses honesty and humor to inspire his audience. He speaks openly of the failures he has experienced in life and shows the way to use such failures as stepping- stones to greater success as a businessperson, family person or community member.

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Jim “The Rookie” Morris’s inspirational and transformational message about following your dreams and having a game plan for success connects with audiences, young and old, male and female. His life story is the inspiration behind the Walt Disney blockbuster film, The Rookie, starring Dennis Quaid. It is also the model for the greatest sports film of the 21st century, The Blindside.

To motivate his rag tag high school baseball team, Jim, as a 35-year-old schoolteacher, made a bet that he would try out for the big leagues if his team won a district championship. When Jim’s team won, he followed through on his promise, going to a tryout where he threw 12 consecutive pitches at 98 mph! Three months later in front of family and his high school team, Jim achieved his dream of pitching in the big leagues by striking out the first hitter he faced. That’s what Jim Morris accomplished and—it doesn’t matter who you are—we can all relate to fulfilling our goals and dreams. Jim Morris’ story takes place on a baseball diamond, but it’s really about life.

Imagine having Jim tell you his story over a cup of coffee. Jim Morris brings that level of intimacy to your corporate meeting, church, school, or fundraiser. A schoolteacher by trade, Jim Morris is a polished inspirational and motivational speaker, but never slick. In a world lacking in real-life heroes, Jim connects with his audience, because he transformed himself from a man who was struggling into an incredible success. Audiences connect with him because they see themselves in Jim Morris.

Jim Morris is a great speaker who inspires and motivates his audience with honesty and humor. He is candid about his early-life failures and he uses them to provide a roadmap for success in business, family, and community. His is an uplifting, heroic tale about overcoming a tough upbringing. One of the most magical things about Jim Morris is how he takes his stories and weaves them into a roadmap for changing all aspects of your life for the better, whether in business, family-life, or within your community.

Jim Morris can tailor his inspirational and motivational message to a corporate setting, to a school, an association/non-profit, or a church. He works closely with customers to deliver a great meeting and he is a great storyteller! Long after he has left, Jim Morris’ message will continue to resonate with your group.


Jim the Rookie Morris Speaker Videos Back to top

Jim 'The Rookie' Morris: Motivational Presentation


"I need to go home… and find out what dreams really are," Jim Morris tells his audience as he outlines his extraordinary story of early life failure and later life unbelievable success. With his characteristic humor he explains the first step on the journey towards happiness and fulfillment: "Start with the dog."

Jim 'The Rookie' Morris: Change Your Attitude, Change Your Life (CYACYL)


Jim 'The Rookie' Morris: You Need a Mentor In Your Life



Speeches / Speaking Engagements Back to top


Jim Morris works very hard to customize his presentations for audiences of every sort, and is always ready to stick around to chat with people afterwards.

Telling the amazing inspirational story of how he rose from high school baseball coach to major-league player (the inspiration for the movie The Rookie), he uses his teaching skills and his natural charming storytelling ability to pass on his wisdom which is "home spun" in the very best sense.

Alongside his life story, Jim also gives advice on finding a mentor and becoming a leader, how to take advantage of second chances and how to laugh at yourself, among other topics.

Jim is particularly good at weaving the needs of his customers into his presentation and works hard to please his customers. He receives standing ovations wherever he goes. Despite his enormous success as a speaker, he has remained genuine and developed a reputation among audiences as being a regular, approachable guy who hangs out with customers. If you are looking for someone who will connect with your group, Jim Morris is your guy.

Never Give Up on a Dream
More than a Cinderella story, Jim Morris' journey is testimony to the power of dreams and their ability to inspire and transform human life. A fast-track minor league player, Morris' dreams were derailed by serious arm injuries. Eleven years later, he was a high school baseball coach, who unexpectedly learned a life-changing lesson from his team. Now a role model to millions, Morris' memoir, The Rookie, was made into major motion picture in which Dennis Quaid portrayed him.

A schoolteacher by trade, Morris is a loveable storyteller whose miracle story captivates and inspires audiences to never give up on a dream.

Other topics include:

    • Finding a Mentor and Becoming a Leader
    • Taking Advantage of Second Chances
    • Remembering Who You Are
    • Keeping your Promises
    • Learning How to Laugh at Yourself


Jim the Rookie Morris Speaker Testimonials Back to top

    “Wow, simply awesome. Not a typical motivation speaker, real-world / real-guy success story and his story can be related to any business. perfect for person to talk to the small business owner."
        TIA

    “On behalf of the entire team at BCA, we would like to thank you for your presentation at our breakfast last week. You far surpassed our expectations! We knew you would be a hit, but did not anticipate you being one of the best speakers we′ve ever had."
        Business Clubs of America

    “Jim, let me say first, thank you so much for “pinch hitting” for our speaker who had to cancel. I hit a homerun with my CEO. He was so thrilled to have the signed baseball that you brought. I am so appreciative of your kind gesture. And as you can see by the comments from our attendees, you were just what the doctor ordered. One attendee stated ‘What a blessing you had him in the dugout!’"
        Texas Credit Union League

    “The 2006 Million Dollar Round Table (MDRT) Annual Meeting is over yet because of you its greatness will not be forgotten... We greatly appreciate the time and effort you extended for your participation as a speaker. Thank you for your outstanding performance and for helping make this Annual Meeting such a success."
        Million Dollar Round Table

    “Thanks so much for coming to Cooperstown. It was a special weekend."
        Baseball Hall of Fame

    “Oh my gosh!!! He was wonderful! Everyone was extremely pleased, saying he was the best speaker we have ever had at our Winter Operations Meeting."
        Color Tyme

    “Truly you could have heard a pin drop in the room while you were speaking. I think everyone would have stayed all night listening to you. I have heard nothing but glowing remarks for the past two weeks - best speaker ever!”
    –Brentwood Christian School

    “Jim was phenomenal. He really connected with the attendees and made their day. So many of them walked up to him to share their personal stories and offer him encouragement. It was an awesome experience!"
        Cendant Mortgage

    “I am a parent of a player in the Chico American Legion baseball program and we were so fortunate to meet Jim and hear him speak to our program. I haven’t stopped thinking about Jim’s story and I have shared it with many here at the office today! Jim and I are about the same age and his thoughts really hit home with me but what really struck me was how Jim revealed his humility and grace to me with but a single moment of eye booking and a handshake as I thanked him after his keynote address. I will never forget that look and the feeling it left with me. It’s likely you have heard this before but I felt I needed to write to you. Please extend my thanks to Jim Morris. Truly a great man!"
        Lares Research




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    “Wow, simply awesome. Not a typical motivation speaker, real-world / real-guy success story and his story can be related to any business. perfect for person to talk to the small business owner."
        TIA

    “On behalf of the entire team at BCA, we would like to thank you for your presentation at our breakfast last week. You far surpassed our expectations! We knew you would be a hit, but did not anticipate you being one of the best speakers we′ve ever had."
        Business Clubs of America

    “Jim, let me say first, thank you so much for “pinch hitting” for our speaker who had to cancel. I hit a homerun with my CEO. He was so thrilled to have the signed baseball that you brought. I am so appreciative of your kind gesture. And as you can see by the comments from our attendees, you were just what the doctor ordered. One attendee stated ‘What a blessing you had him in the dugout!’"
        Texas Credit Union League

    “The 2006 Million Dollar Round Table (MDRT) Annual Meeting is over yet because of you its greatness will not be forgotten... We greatly appreciate the time and effort you extended for your participation as a speaker. Thank you for your outstanding performance and for helping make this Annual Meeting such a success."
        Million Dollar Round Table

    “Thanks so much for coming to Cooperstown. It was a special weekend."
        Baseball Hall of Fame

    “Oh my gosh!!! He was wonderful! Everyone was extremely pleased, saying he was the best speaker we have ever had at our Winter Operations Meeting."
        Color Tyme

    “Truly you could have heard a pin drop in the room while you were speaking. I think everyone would have stayed all night listening to you. I have heard nothing but glowing remarks for the past two weeks - best speaker ever!”
    –Brentwood Christian School

    “Jim was phenomenal. He really connected with the attendees and made their day. So many of them walked up to him to share their personal stories and offer him encouragement. It was an awesome experience!"
        Cendant Mortgage

    “I am a parent of a player in the Chico American Legion baseball program and we were so fortunate to meet Jim and hear him speak to our program. I haven’t stopped thinking about Jim’s story and I have shared it with many here at the office today! Jim and I are about the same age and his thoughts really hit home with me but what really struck me was how Jim revealed his humility and grace to me with but a single moment of eye booking and a handshake as I thanked him after his keynote address. I will never forget that look and the feeling it left with me. It’s likely you have heard this before but I felt I needed to write to you. Please extend my thanks to Jim Morris. Truly a great man!"
        Lares Research


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


Jim is particularly good at weaving the needs of his customers into his presentation and works hard to please his customers. He receives standing ovations wherever he goes. Despite his enormous success as a speaker, he has remained genuine and developed a reputation among audiences as being a regular, approachable guy who hangs out with customers. If you are looking for someone who will connect with your group, Jim Morris is your guy.

Never Give Up on a Dream
More than a Cinderella story, Jim Morris' journey is testimony to the power of dreams and their ability to inspire and transform human life. A fast-track minor league player, Morris' dreams were derailed by serious arm injuries. Eleven years later, he was a high school baseball coach, who unexpectedly learned a life-changing lesson from his team. Now a role model to millions, Morris' memoir, The Rookie, was made into major motion picture in which Dennis Quaid portrayed him.

A schoolteacher by trade, Morris is a loveable storyteller whose miracle story captivates and inspires audiences to never give up on a dream.

Other topics include:

    • Finding a Mentor and Becoming a Leader
    • Taking Advantage of Second Chances
    • Remembering Who You Are
    • Keeping your Promises
    • Learning How to Laugh at Yourself


Jim 'The Rookie' Morris: Motivational Presentation


"I need to go home… and find out what dreams really are," Jim Morris tells his audience as he outlines his extraordinary story of early life failure and later life unbelievable success. With his characteristic humor he explains the first step on the journey towards happiness and fulfillment: "Start with the dog."

Jim 'The Rookie' Morris: Change Your Attitude, Change Your Life (CYACYL)


Jim 'The Rookie' Morris: You Need a Mentor In Your Life