Jim 'The Rookie' Morris to share experience making it to the major leagues

  • IF YOU GO

    WHO: Jim "The Rookie" Morris

    WHAT: Lyceum Lecture Series

    WHERE: Victoria College Fine Arts Auditorium, 2200 E. Red River St.

    WHEN: Noon Thursday

    COST: Free and open to the public

The inspiration for the Disney movie, "The Rookie," starring Dennis Quaid, will be the fourth and final speaker for the 2010-11 Lyceum Lecture Series.

Jim Morris will talk about achieving his lifelong dream of playing major league baseball.

After having all but given up on his ambition, Morris made a deal with the high school team he had been coaching.

If they won the district championship, he had to try out for a major league baseball team. His team did indeed win the district championship that year, and Morris kept his end of the bargain.

At the age of 35, Morris dazzled scouts for the Tampa Bay Devil Rays by throwing 12 consecutive 98-mph fastballs during his tryout for the team.

He will share his inspirational story of overcoming failure and how perseverance and heart can help anyone achieve their dreams.