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Jim Morris Picks Up Where “The Rookie” Left Off

Jim The Rookie Morris talks about his new book Dream Makers on the Hustle & Motivate podcast
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One year ago, I sat down with Jim Morris to talk about his incredible journey from high school science teacher to 35-year-old rookie MLB pitcher.

This month, I had the opportunity to reconnect with Jim and talk about everything that’s happened since the events of Disney’s hit movie The Rookie.  And the short answer is – a lot.

In our conversation, Jim provides a sneak peek at the details revealed in his new book, Dream Makers – including why he left baseball, his personal struggles with addiction and chronic illness, and how he persevered through all of it.

As Dennis Quaid said, this story is better than the first.

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Show Notes

[2:28] Striking out Royce Clayton in his first MLB appearance

[13:42] The toughest hitter he ever faced

[14:55] Moving on from baseball & his real comeback story

[28:09] Touching stories of people impacted by Jim’s journey

[39:17] A brutal truth about the underdog mentality

[41:10] Dealing with “dream killers”

After Listening…

You can get a copy of Jim’s new book, Dream Makers, over at

As always, thanks for listening!

Check out these related episodes:

Detroit Tigers Prospect & D3 Alum Robert Klinchock

Legendary College Baseball Coach Mr. George Bennett on Recruiting Jamie Moyer & Winning 500+ Games

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Division III baseball alum (McDaniel College) and founder of Joker Mag. Sharing underdog stories to inspire the next generation.



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