Jim Morris is no stranger to big dreams. Since he was five years old, he passionately yearned to play baseball in the major leagues. However, despite all his hard work and determination, a series of unfortunate events and injuries scuttled his career before he was twenty-five. Doctors told him he would never play again.
Then at age thirty-five—after a string of highly implausible events and at an age when most players are retiring—Morris found himself on the mound as a relief pitcher for the Tampa Bay Devil Rays. His return to the game was so incredible that Disney made his story into a heartwarming film—The Rookie—with a stellar performance by Dennis Quaid. It was released to popular acclaim and was a huge box office success. It won the ESPY for Best Sports Movie in 2002 and the CAMIE award for Character and Morality in Entertainment.
Dream Makers picks up where The Rookie left off. This compelling memoir explores the untapped territory of Morris’s life, including his contentious relationship with his father, his incessant and grueling struggle with pain and addiction, the mentorship with his wise and loving grandfather who kept him grounded, and the resolve and faith that drove him to overcome every tribulation. Dream Makers explores the transformative power of surrounding yourself with the best, most accomplished people possible—inspiring you to overcome life’s obstacles and achieve your dreams.
Life can come at you fast, but with God, all things are possible. “It’s not about me. It’s what God can do through me.”
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About the Author
In this book, Morris shares more of his incredible life story including the people who helped make him the success he is today: his dream makers. Morris has been honored to receive a Lifetime Achievement award from the Bobby Bragan Youth Foundation, and has been involved with BCFS, Arms of Hope, Texas Youth Commission, and other philanthropic efforts. He launched the Jim “The Rookie” Morris Foundation in 2015 to support and serve underprivileged children. Jim and his wife, Shawna, have raised five children and live near San Antonio.
Table of Contents
Chapter 1 Mound of Dreams 17
Chapter 2 Mound of Nightmares 25
Chapter 3 Journey to the Dream 37
Chapter 4 The Big Screen 61
Chapter 5 Dream Killers 77
Chapter 6 Dream Makers 97
Chapter 7 Mentoring the Dream 123
Chapter 8 Journey Through Pain 155
Chapter 9 Naked Jumping Jacks: The Price of Vodka and Cranberry Juice 171
Chapter 10 Powered by Faith 211
Chapter 11 On Stage 223
Chapter 12 Be Your Own Dream Maker 243
About the Author 269
About the Co-Author 271