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'The Rookie': The rest of the story
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Posted on 09/21/2010

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“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.

It’s an inspiring story that thrilled movie audiences.

But Morris’ journey didn’t end with the film’s dramatic climax — or with his short baseball career. A member of the Kerrville Church of Christ in Texas, Morris is among the speakers this week at Abilene Christian University’s Summit Bible conference.

This afternoon, I had the opportunity to interview Morris about life after baseball, about his faith and about his special relationship with Arms of Hope, a ministry associated with Churches of Christ that serves children and needy single-mother families.

In many ways, the rest of the story is even better than the movie. You can read all about it in a future edition of The Christian Chronicle. Stay tuned.


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