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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$16,021,684 (USA) (29 March 2002)

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$75,597,042 (USA) (23 August 2002)
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The tennis shoes young Jimmy Morris is wearing when he first moves to Texas and visits the old ball field by the oil derrick are Converse "Jack Purcells," named after a popular Canadian badminton player from the late '20s and early '30s. It was perhaps the first popular rubber and canvas American "tennis" shoe. They preceded the iconic "Chuck Taylors," which came later. See more »

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In the beginning Major League scenes, the home plate umpire is clearly using a "scissors" stance and wearing #26. When Jimmy Morris enters the game, the home plate umpire is using a "box stance" and his number is ending in 2. See more »

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Jimmy: [Meeting his father after the game] You came.
Jim Morris Sr.: [Nods] Wasn't going to miss this one.
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Jim Morris Sr.: Watching you out there tonight... not many fathers get to do that.
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excellent
19 July 2002 | by (Richardson, TX) – 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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