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Download The Oldest Rookie: Big-League Dreams from a Small-Town Guy Audiobook (Unabridged)

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4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 4.00 (42 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: Jim Morris Narrator: Kevin O’Rourke Publisher: Hachette Audio Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date: April 2001 ISBN:
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Jim Morris escaped the desolation of his youth by dreaming of pitching in the major leagues. But as with most kids, it was just a fantasy, made all the more impossible by injuries he suffered in his early 20s. Years passed, and on his 35th birthday Jim Morris found himself settled as a high school physics teacher in a hardscrabble West Texas town. He had a wonderful wife, three kids, and students who adored him. His baseball career was restricted to coaching, and he believed his purpose in life was to inspire his students and players to dream bigger dreams than their harsh surroundings and homes generally allowed.

Then came the bet.

Jim's young players had a proposition for their coach: If they won the league championship - something their school had never done - he'd try out for a major-league team. Jim laughed, knowing he was way too old to be considered by a professional squad, but he accepted.

Well, they won. And what happened next surprised everyone, especially Jim Morris. Keeping his end of the bet, he headed off to try out for the major leagues. There, he threw faster and better than he had ever thrown before. Suddenly, Jim Morris was reborn. A few months later, he took the mound at Texas Stadium and became the major leagues' oldest rookie pitcher in 40 years. You must hear this story to believe it.

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  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Julie Bowerman | 7/19/2010

    " Significantly different from the Dennis Quaid movie, which began with the final 50 pages or so. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Lindsay | 4/29/2004

    " I absolutely love this movie and the book is not a repeat. The book gives the story of Jim Morris prior what the movie shows. Very little is overlapping. A great read for baseball fans and people who love stories about dreams becoming reality. "

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About the Narrator

Kevin O’Rourke has performed in numerous plays in New York City in the last twenty years as well as in many television and film projects. He is also busy with commercial, narration, and industrial voice-over work on both coasts, in addition to writing and directing projects. He graduated cum laude from Williams College in 1978 with a degree in theater.