The Rookie

Synopsis: 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.
Genre: Drama, Family, Sport
Director(s): John Lee Hancock
Production: Buena Vista Distribution Compa
  5 wins & 4 nominations.
Rotten Tomatoes:
127 min

in life than baseball.

The sooner you figure that out,

the better.

[ Bell jingles ]

[ Door creaks, closes ]

[ Distant conversation ]


This Lee Ivaco-cocus guy,

I guarantee you,

within two years,

three years tops,

he's gonna run that company

right out of business.

Ain't that right,

young man?



I guess she gone to lunch.

Help you find

something, son?


Socks we have --

in contrast to common sense,

which we seem to be running

a little short on today.

I'll be right down.

Don't look at my dominoes.

All right, sir, we got

white socks with red stripes,

black stripes, blue stripes.

Over there you got

all your solids

in black, blue,

brown, and gray.

Just take your pick.

That's a real nice pair

right there.

You visiting?

We just moved here.

Oh, well,

then I'm Henry Sampson.

Nice to meet you.

Jimmy Morris.

Welcome to Big Lake,

Mr. Jimmy Morris.

You know, son, I can probably

tell you where it is

a whole lot quicker

than you can find it.

Got any baseball stuff?

Oh, baseball stuff.

Don't get much call

for baseball stuff

around these parts.

Now if it was football,

that'd be a whole different

story. [ Chuckles ]

You know something,


I got a catalogue over here

that just might

help us out some.

Let's take a look at that.

[ Exhales deeply ]

Yeah, I think we might find

something in here.

You know, if you're interested

in baseball,

there's a story that people here

in this town tell

that you probably

ought to hear.

Thought you said nobody here

cared about baseball.

Oh, they care about this.

It all started

with a couple of nuns

and a piece of ground

not too far from here.

[ Scraping ]

[ Engine turns over ]

[ lndistinct conversations ]

-- Morning, Esther.

-- Morning, Jimmy.

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