15,212th in MLB history) Unable to make anything of his career, Morris retired and moved to Big Lake, Texas, with his wife Lorri, his 9-year-old son and his five- and one-year-old daughters, where he became a physical science teacher and baseball coach at Reagan County High School.
Skip To Main Content. Or write about sports? While coaching baseball for the Reagan County Owls in the spring of 1999, Morris made a promise to his team that he would try out for Major League Baseball if his team won the District Championship, something the team had never accomplished before. His story would later be dramatized into the 2002 film The Rookie. us. The scout was not interested in Morris, but gave him a tryout solely to let Morris keep his promise to his players. Search: Search Button. James Samuel Morris Jr. (born January 19, 1964) is an American former professional baseball pitcher who played in Major League Baseball (MLB) for two seasons with the Tampa Bay Devil Rays.Although brief, Morris' career is noted for making his MLB debut at the relatively advanced age of 35, in addition to after several arm surgeries. Copyright © 2000-2020 Sports Reference LLC. All logos are the trademark & property of their owners and not Sports Reference LLC. Although brief, Morris' career is noted for making his MLB debut at the relatively advanced age of 35, in addition to after several arm surgeries. His team won the title, and Morris kept his end of the bargain by attending a Tampa Bay Devil Rays tryout. Morris remained a teacher for Reagan County High School for the next decade. Morris has 4 children and has been married 2 times. High School: Brownwood HS (Brownwood, TX), Schools: Angelo State University (San Angelo, TX), Paris Junior College (Paris, TX), Ranger College (Ranger, TX), Debut: © 2005-2020 CBS INTERACTIVE ALL RIGHTS RESERVED. vs. NYY 0.0 IP, 0 H, 0 SO, 1 BB, 0 ER, Rookie Status: Morris made 16 major league appearances in 2000, during which his arm problems recurred. 2020 Feb 17 Clemson would be ‘top choice’ for highly regarded QB recruit 2019 Sep 05 QB prospect with Clemson connection set to visit this weekend He entered a tie game in the bottom of the 10th inning with the bases loaded, and issued a game-ending RBI walk to his first batter, Paul O'Neill, after which the Rays released him. The Atlanta prospect is being recruited coast to coast, and Georgia Tech is in the hunt.
September 18, 1999 Full-year historical Major League statistics provided by Pete Palmer and Gary Gillette of Hidden Game Sports. vs. TEX 0.1 IP, 0 H, 1 SO, 0 BB, 0 ER, Last Game: 2022 QB MJ Morris Talks Connection With Michigan Staff Eric Rutter Without a football season this fall, the Michigan coaching staff can allocate even more of its time to recruiting future U-M players. May 9, 2000 Many historical player head shots courtesy of David Davis. Do you have a sports website? Exceeded rookie limits during 2000 season, More Jim Morris Pages at Baseball Reference, Every Sports Reference Social Media Account, Site Last Updated: Friday, November 6, 10:56PM. He made four more appearances later that year. Morris was originally selected 466th overall in the January 1982 amateur baseball draft by the New York Yankees but did not sign. We have tools and resources that can help you use sports data. January 19, 1964 All rights reserved. At this point, Morris had retired with a minor league record of 17 wins, 22 losses, and a 5.13 ERA in 270 innings pitched. Throughout his childhood, Morris lived in New Haven, Connecticut, Great Lakes, Illinois, and Jacksonville, Florida. Crown Point, IN - Morris Elite Baseball, based in Crown Point, IN has partnered with 5 Star National travel baseball organization out of Warner Robbins, GA establishing the first and only national affiliated travel baseball organization in Northwest Indiana. At the end of his major league career he was 0–0 with an ERA of 4.80 and 13 strikeouts. Draft: Drafted by the New York Yankees in the 18th round of the 1982 MLB June Amateur Draft from Brownwood HS (Brownwood, TX) and the Milwaukee Brewers in the 1st round (4th) of the 1983 MLB January Draft-Secondary Phase from Ranger College (Ranger, TX). Do you have a blog? All images are property the copyright holder and are displayed here for informational purposes only.  Morris released his second book, Dream Makers, in 2020. He often appears as a motivational speaker. (Age 35-242d, Total Zone Rating and initial framework for Wins above Replacement calculations provided by Sean Smith. Many thanks to him. He is portrayed in the film by Dennis Quaid. Thanks to solid pitching performances with Durham, Tampa Bay gave him a chance to pitch with the Rays when rosters expanded in September.
He was not the losing pitcher in the game as the runner who scored on the walk was actually put on base by the previous pitcher Rick White, who was tagged with the loss. He attended Brownwood High School, but as Brownwood did not yet have a baseball program, he played football for the Lions from 1979–82 and won the state championship as a wingback, punter and kicker with Gordon Wood as a head coach.. A feature film made by Disney called The Rookie was released in 2002 about Morris's climb to playing in MLB. After sitting out all of 1988, Morris signed with the Chicago White Sox organization for 1989. We present them here for purely educational purposes. Career: 0-0, 4.80 ERA, 13 SO, P, DevilRays 1999-2000, t:L, born in TX 1964 Are you a Stathead, too? His father and mother, Olline, settled in Brownwood, Texas. University of Minnesota Morris Athletics. , Learn how and when to remove this template message, "Jim Morris, Jr. Speaker Pricing & Availability from AEI Speakers Bureau", https://www.ballnine.com/the-library/jim-morris, "Life of 'The Rookie' Jim Morris takes more extraordinary turns - The Christian Chronicle", "Jimmy Morris' Wife Shawna Morris - PlayerWives.com", "Jim Morris' Bio | Jim The Rookie Morris", Retrosheet boxscore of his major league debut, https://en.wikipedia.org/w/index.php?title=Jim_Morris&oldid=972851112, Short description is different from Wikidata, BLP articles lacking sources from May 2011, Wikipedia articles with WORLDCATID identifiers, Creative Commons Attribution-ShareAlike License, September 18, 1999, for the Tampa Bay Devil Rays, May 9, 2000, for the Tampa Bay Devil Rays, Career statistics and player information from, This page was last edited on 14 August 2020, at 03:20. Our reasoning for presenting offensive logos. He can throw it deep, he’s accurate underneath, he can extend plays with his feet, and he can always take off for a big run when he needs too. Morris was signed in December 2000 to a minor-league contract by the Los Angeles Dodgers, but was released during spring training. Our reasoning for presenting offensive logos. , Morris has released an autobiography, The Oldest Rookie. Surprisingly, Morris discovered that in spite of his age, and having several surgeries on his arm, he was able to throw 12 consecutive 98-mph fastballs. Morris was born in San Diego, California, but spent most of his childhood moving to different cities, as his father was in the Navy. One of the best overall players for the class of 2022 would be MJ Morris. Logos were compiled by the amazing SportsLogos.net.