Jim Morris is a Texas high school chemistry teacher and coach of the school's baseball team. He's always loved baseball and as a way of motivating his players, he agrees to go to a professional try-out if they win the championship. He once had aspirations to be a professional baseball player but an injury brought that to an end. Sure enough, the 39 year-old father of three finds himself at a camp for the Tampa Bay Devil Rays and he somehow seems to have regained his pitching arm, easily throwing a 98 mph fastball. Signed to a contract, he toils in the minor leagues while his supportive wife stays home raising their children. He soon finds himself called up to the big club and pitching for Tampa which is in Texas playing the Rangers. Based on a true story. Written by
The montage in which Coach Jim Morris' team is playing baseball against several different teams includes clips filmed at Thrall High School in Thrall, Texas. During March of 2001, the filmmakers spent one full day of shooting at Thrall High. See more »
The story takes place in Big Lake, Texas, which is in west Texas. However, the area is too green to be west Texas. This is because it was shot in Thorndale, which is northeast of Austin. See more »
[Meeting his father after the game]
Jim Morris Sr.:
Wasn't going to miss this one.
Jim Morris Sr.:
Watching you out there tonight... not many fathers get to do that.
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This was one of the best bio-pics I have seen in years. Dennis Quaid is perfect as Jim Morris, a man who finally gets a shot at his lifelong dream-pitching in the big leagues. He is a high school science teacher/baseball coach whose players make a bet with him:if they win district, he tries out for the majors. You can probably guess what happens next. I found this story made even more powerful by the fact that it was based on a true story.
*** out of ****
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