Jan. 22, 2007
Lipscomb University Baseball Leadoff Dinner
Friday, February 2 at 6:30 p.m. - Allen Arena
Jim Morris' story is testimony to the power of dreams and their ability to inspire and transform human life. Jim's childhood dream of becoming a major league player was derailed by serious arm injuries. Instead, Jim married, had three kids, and got his college degree before becoming a high school science teacher and baseball coach in West Texas.
At the age of 35 and some 11 years after retiring from minor league baseball, Jim challenged his high school players with a bet: If they won the District baseball championship, he would try out for a major league team.
Inspired, Jim's players fulfilled their part of the bargain, which committed him to a big league tryout, where he miraculously threw 12 consecutive pitches at a rate of 98 mph! Three months later with his family and students in attendance, Jim returned to Texas as a major league player and struck out all-star Royce Clayton with a 98 mph fastball in his first big league game.
Jim co-wrote the critically acclaimed book entitled The Rookie. The real life "Rocky," Jim's story strikes a chord with men and women. His story, much like the ESPY award-winning film about his life, The Rookie, transcends sports. Jim speaks about second chances in life and overcoming obstacles. A schoolteacher by trade, Jim is a lovable storyteller whose miracle story captivates and inspires audiences to never give up on a dream.
Individual tickets for this unique event are on sale for $40. A table of eight may be purchased for $300. Selected event sponsorships are still available for $500, which include admission to the private reception before the dinner. To reserve tickets, please call Sherry Phillips in the Lipscomb athletic office at 615-966-5850.