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The Rookie shares his tale at gala
Jim Morris, inspiration for the Disney film “The Rookie,” spoke Tuesday evening at the Boys & Girls Clubs of Hall County’s annual gala. - photo by Kristen Oliver
Jim Morris was a slightly overweight, 35-year-old high school teacher with a bad arm when he reluctantly tried out for a professional baseball team. He expected to embarrass himself, but he promised the high school baseball team he coached that if it won the district championship, he would try out. If his story sounds familiar, it’s because he was the inspiration for the Walt Disney feature film “The Rookie.”