The Rookie

Last Updated on: June 26th, 2024

The Rookie (2002 Movie)

“The Rookie” is a sports drama film released in 2002. It is based on the true story of Jim Morris, a high school science teacher and baseball coach who fulfills his lifelong dream of becoming a Major League Baseball player.

The movie stars Dennis Quaid as Jim Morris, a former minor league baseball player who gave up his dreams of making it to the major leagues due to a series of injuries. He settles down with his family and becomes a high school science teacher and baseball coach in a small town in Texas.

One day, while coaching his high school team, Morris discovers that his fastball pitch has suddenly reached an extraordinary speed, almost 100 miles per hour. His players are amazed by his talent, and one of them makes a bet with him: If they win the district championship, he has to try out for a major league team.

To the surprise of everyone, the high school team goes on an incredible winning streak and makes it to the district championship. True to his word, Morris tries out for the Tampa Bay Devil Rays, and to his amazement, he is signed by the team to a minor league contract.

At the age of 35, Jim Morris begins his professional baseball career and quickly rises through the ranks. Despite facing skepticism and doubts from his teammates and the media, Morris eventually makes his debut as a relief pitcher for the Tampa Bay Devil Rays in the major leagues. His inspiring journey from a small-town teacher to a major league player captures the hearts of sports fans across the country.

“The Rookie” is a heartwarming and inspirational story about the power of perseverance and chasing one’s dreams, no matter the odds. It celebrates the triumph of the human spirit and the belief that it’s never too late to achieve greatness.

The film received positive reviews from critics and was praised for Dennis Quaid’s heartfelt performance as Jim Morris. It also resonated with audiences and became a box office success.

“The Rookie” stands as a testament to the enduring appeal of sports movies that touch on themes of determination, courage, and the pursuit of a dream. It continues to be cherished by audiences as a heartening reminder that dreams can come true with hard work, dedication, and a little bit of magic.

The Rookie

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  • Type of Movie: Live-Action
  • Box Office: $80.7 million
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  • Dennis Quaid: Jim Morris
  • Rachel Griffiths: Lorri Morris
  • Jay Hernandez: Joaquin ‘Wack’ Campos
  • Beth Grant: Olline
  • Angus T. Jones: Hunter Morris
  • Brian Cox: Jim Morris Sr.
  • Rick Gonzalez: Rudy Bonilla
  • Chad Lindberg: Joe David Werst
  • Angelo Spizzirri: Joel De La Garza
  • Royce D. Applegate: Henry
  • Russell Richardson: Brooks
  • Raynor Scheine: Frank
  • David Blackwell: Cal
  • Chris Sheffield: Snow Covered Catcher
  • Blue Deckert: Baseball Scout Dave Patterson
  • Danny Kamin: Durham Manager Mac
  • Mike Smith: Fan
  • Kyle Christensen: Baseball Player
  • Robbie Bigelow: Beefcake Bigelow
  • Jim Morris: Orlando Umpire #2


  • Director: John Lee Hancock
  • Producer: Mark Ciardi, Gordon Gray and Mark Johnson
  • Music: Carter Burwell

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