yourhoustonnews.com news article covering Arms of Hope and Northland Christian Character Camp event where over 120 kids, including football players and cheerleaders from Fort Bend showed up to learn about sports and character
In an interview with The Christian Chronicle, Morris talked about life after baseball, his Christian faith and his special relationship with Arms of Hope, a ministry associated with Churches of Christ that serves at-risk children and single mothers on two Texas campuses.
Jim Morris has always believed in others and second chances. A minor league baseball pitcher turned high school baseball coach and science teacher, Morris knows a thing or two about the curveballs life tends to throw our way at the most inopportune times.
Morris dreamed of becoming a professional baseball player since he first set foot on a baseball diamond at the age of three. A left-handed pitcher, Morris was drafted fourth overall by the Milwaukee Brewers in the 1983 amateur baseball draft. Following a short stint in the minor league system, he suffered several arm injuries that hindered his progression. Six surgeries on his left shoulder later, the Brewers released Morris in 1987, ending his chance at achieving his dream.
“The Rookie,” a 2002 Disney feature film, captured Jim Morris’ incredible journey from small-town Texas chemistry teacher/baseball coach to major-league pitcher.
Years after injuries cut short his playing career, Morris — played by veteran actor Dennis Quaid — agreed to try out for the major leagues if his high school team made the playoffs. At age 35, he threw 98 miles per hour and signed a contract with the Tampa Bay Rays.
Jim Morris knows a thing or two about second chances. His dream was to play professional baseball, but arm injuries derailed his career while playing in the minor leagues in the 1980s. He finally gave up on baseball — his dream — and began teaching and coaching baseball at Reagan County High School in Big Lake.
But, thanks to a promise he made to his high school baseball team, he got a second chance to play pro baseball again and finally realized his dream of playing in the big leagues with Tampa Bay in September of 1999 at the age of 35.