Legacy After The Locker Room Podcast: S3:EP5–Jim “The Rookie” Morris, Former MLB Pitcher

Join us for S3:EP5 of the Legacy After the Locker Room Podcast as Jim “The Rookie” Morris, former MLB pitcher sits down with our host Kayla Bradham to discuss growing up in an abusive household, his baseball career, and of course his movie, “The Rookie.” They also talk about his book and his health struggles.

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.

Morris is the author of two books, with his most recent release entitled Dream Makers. It picks up where The Rookie left off. This compelling memoir explores the untapped territory of Morris’ 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.

Morris is a seasoned motivational speaker, traveling the world since 2001. He has participated in such prestigious events as The Million Dollar Round Table, twice. He received a Lifetime Achievement Award in 2008, from the Bobby Bragan Youth Foundation. Morris also started a Foundation in his name helping children in underserved communities find hope and inspiration through participation in sports.

Jim Morris joins our host Kayla Bradham on S3:EP5 of the Legacy After The Locker Room Podcast


  • 00:00 Introduction
  • 00:39 Growing up with a love for baseball
  • 02:15 Words of wisdom for trauma survivors
  • 04:30 College Selection
  • 07:09 The Movie “The Rookie”
  • 08:12 Life Playing Baseball While Having a Family
  • 11:25 Why Science?
  • 14:35 Shawna Morris
  • 16:30 Dream Makers
  • 20:30 Struggling with Addiction
  • 21:25 Chapter 10
  • 24:05 Jim “The Rookie” Morris Foundation
  • 26:30 Autograph Donation
  • 27:04 Where to Buy the Book
  • 27:20 Where to Find Jim 
  • 27:59 Words of Wisdom and Thank Yous
  • 31:40 Reach Out For Help


Kelsey Donnolo

Kelsey Donnolo

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