The 2011 Pillars of American Speaker Series concludes Wednesday with a unique presentation by a former high school teacher turned major league pitcher. In doing so, he became one of professional baseball’s oldest rookies. This type of Cinderella story doesn’t happen often and even Hollywood took notice.
Baseball was always in Jim Morris’ heart, and he did play young, although he moved to different cities quite a bit as a child. He honed the sport as best he could, His high school in Texas didn’t have a baseball team, so he played football instead.