- Hardcover: 288 pages
- Publisher: Little, Brown and Company; First Edition edition (April 1, 2001)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 0316591564
- ISBN-13: 978-0316591560
- Product Dimensions: 5.5 x 0.7 x 8.5 inches
- Shipping Weight: 1 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
- Average Customer Review: 38 customer reviews
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,259,722 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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From Publishers Weekly
Morris had an astounding fastball and seemed destined to pitch for a major league team, yet his career was doomed from the start. He was drafted by the Brewers, but went from their training camp back to the farm system. He developed injuries that prevented him from pitching and practicing. Morris wouldn't let go of his dream of the major leagues, however. He married, had children, and held odd jobs and continued to work at his pitching while his wife supported him. Morris eventually grew tired of the routine, went to night school and became a high school teacher and later a coach. After his formerly abysmal baseball team won the district championship, his fellow coaches and students urged him to give his dream one last chance. More than a decade after his first tryout, Morris was offered a contract by the Tampa Bay Devil Rays. This lively autobiography, written with Engel (coauthor of By George, George Foreman's autobiography), will entertain baseball fans and others who yearn to fulfill a childhood ambition. While the writing is polished, Morris's voice remains genuine. He is honest and likable, not least because he recognizes his family's sacrifices for him. While not essential reading for sports fans, this triumphant underdog story is an appealing contrast to those of the players with multimillion-dollar salaries. (Apr. 3)Forecast: With publication around the start of baseball season, an 11-city author tour and radio interviews, this book should get off to a fast start.
Copyright 2001 Cahners Business Information, Inc.
From Library Journal
This inspiring true story should do well in young adult collections. Morris, a 35-year-old Texas high school physics teacher and baseball coach (whose previous attempts to break into the bigs fell short), was challenged by his students to live up to his dream. Oddly, his pitching arm had only grown stronger with time, and at a new major league tryout his pitches were consistently overpowering. After making the expansion Tampa Bay Devil Rays, Morris was featured in Time, People, and Sports Illustrated. His incredible story about second chances will circulate well in most libraries.
Copyright 2001 Reed Business Information, Inc.
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I really enjoyed the movie for inspirational reasons -- I love these kinds of stories... if the story is really what happened. In this case Hollywood did its thing and gave it a significant revision -- the real story is not as inspirational. And it is not an underdog story.
As is often the case in stories like this, there are other realities that make it not such a cool story after all.
In this case, Jimmy Morris is/ was a very self-centered, very athletically talented guy who left his wife and kids over and over to pursue his "dreams" and desires... he put his family into hardship over and over so he could keep his "dream" or whatever it was alive. This included playing a 130 games a year on a softball team while, in his own words, struggling with the notion that his wife was the bread winner of the family.
After watching the movie, I thought the Jimmy Morris story was really cool. After reading the book, not so much. Actually, not at all. It's just another story of someone so self-absorbed they happily step on others (in this case his wife and kids) to get what they want.
The book is well written by the ghost, and I give full credit to Jimmy Morris for being candid, but I sure didn't like him much after reading the book.
As I said at the beginning, if you're looking for more of the movie's great inspiration, you will not find it here, but if you're looking for more details and information about this story, it is a decent read.
Overall, an excellent read.
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