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The Rookie: The Incredible True Story of a Man Who Never Gave Up on His Dream Paperback – March 1, 2002
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Of course, as the title of this book implies, he went beyond teaching to again get an opportunity in baseball. And, based on the title of the book, I am giving nothing away by stating that he does indeed make it to the major leagues. With two children in school, I can categorically state that Jim Morris is the type of person I want teaching them. I don't know if he will go back into teaching but it is clear he is as talented in motivating his students as he is as an athlete. I highly recommend this book.
Some observations about the book and the movie: the film version turns out to be very close to Morris' own story. Morris' isolation while growing up, his often difficult relationship with his parents, all turn out to be true. But while his improbable comeback is the focus of the film, it's only a small portion of the book. This may disappoint some readers, but to me, it added more depth to Morris' story. In the book, he's honest, almost painfully so, about the stresses his marriage endured, in large part due to the pursuit of his dream. I found myself closing this book with a feeling of encouragment and uplift; I think you will too.
Joel Engel and Jim Morris really did a wonderful job when they wrote the book The Oldest Rookie. The story was so good in fact that it inspired a movie called The Rookie. Although I thoroughly enjoyed both of them I would have to say that the book was better. There are a number of superior qualities about the book. You know it must be really good to because I almost always like the movie more then the book. The Oldest Rookie is easily one of the 5 best books I've read.
In the book, you really get inside Jim Morris's head. You can see how he goes from a kid who did nothing except play baseball, to a minor leaguer who had to retire because of arm troubles, to a patient high school teacher, to a major leaguer. In the movie you see him as a kid playing baseball, however in the book he talks about how when he was younger the only toys he would play with were balls and how he was only in kindergarten when the fifth graders let them play in his baseball games because he was so good. Morris explains how the only think he cared about was baseball and he knew he wanted to be a pro ball player all his life. In the movie you are left to either assume that or to not know it at all. One of the most effective parts of the book was when Morris is describing when he went to play in his first major league game. He talks about how the hard journey had been worth it and you can almost feel his happiness as a smile spreads across your face and you turn the page. In the movie there was no way they could capture this moment perfectly. They just had him stand outside of the stadium for a few moments. In the book, you really get to see how Morris's brain works. He explains how he was a perfectionist and that it really hurt his life.Read more ›
Most Recent Customer Reviews
What a great inspirational story. Not only is it a great story about baseball but it is about determination and perseverance.Published 3 months ago by Amazon Customer
If you like the movie, you'll appreciate this book. The movie was pretty accurate. This book gives a little more depth to Jimmy Morris. Read morePublished 9 months ago by Anatomy
If you've seen the movie and enjoyed it and are looking for more of that, you'll be disappointed, but if you wanting more facts/ information, you will find it in the book. Read morePublished 20 months ago by Otis T. Silas
The story was very inspirational and well written. Great story for anyone who still remembers the dreams they had as a kid.Published 21 months ago by Steve Hutchinson
A mother once told her son to never be a quitter. In others words she strongly admonished him to never give up.
The Rookie is that kind of a story. Read more
I have watched the movie on video, but I'm enjoying it even more now. The true story of a man who took a chance to fulfill his dream is uplifting and inspirational!Published on May 2, 2013 by Elizabeth D Diman
I really enjoyed this true story! It's amazing how many truly wonderful stories there are about real people and real events. It's a great baseball story. Read morePublished on April 20, 2013 by John P. Robinett
If you watched the movie and are waiting to re-read it in this book you will be disappointed. Of the 300 pages the first 280 are pre-movie. Read morePublished on March 6, 2013 by John Mosey