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The Rookie (2002)

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A Texas baseball coach makes the major league after agreeing to try out if his high school team made the playoffs.



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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 garykmcd

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Release Date:

29 March 2002 (USA)  »

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$20,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

$16,021,684, 31 March 2002, Wide Release

Gross USA:

$75,600,072, 29 August 2002

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The scenes depicting Jim Morris trying out for the majors were filmed in Taylor, TX at the former Taylor High School, now the Main Street campus. This location was a stand in for Angelo State university where the tryouts were supposed to have been held. Taylor is about 15 minutes west of Thorndale, TX which stood in for the town of Big Lake, TX and is 15 minutes east of the Dell Diamond where most of the minor league games depicted were filmed. The Round Rock Express, a AAA farm team for The Texas Rangers, plays their home games. See more »


Major League Baseball Umpires are seen with wearing black shirts. In 1999, American League Umpires wearing blue shirts would have officiated the game. See more »


Jimmy: Anybody wanna tell me how we lost that game? Hmmm? No? How about taking a look at the numbers on that scoreboard out there? What do those numbers tell you?
Joe David West: How to get ahold of Bo's Tire Barn?
[team laughs, Jimmy pauses, obviously not amused]
Jimmy: You quit. You quit out there. You quit on me and, worse, you quit on yourselves. Now, what is it? You think we don't care about baseball around here? Think the school's gonna drop the program? You're just making it easy for 'em. Sad part is, I see it and you...
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References Bang the Drum Slowly (1973) See more »


Embryonic Journey
Written by Jorma Kaukonen
Performed by Jefferson Airplane
Courtesy of The RCA Records Label, a unit of BMG Entertainment
Under license from BMG Special Products
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19 July 2002 | by See all my reviews

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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