Saturday, September 01, 2012

Box Score of the Week

A day late, but here it is. The Texas Rangers host the then Tampa Bay Devil Rays - September 18, 1999.


This game marked the Major League debut of Jim Morris. He was a 35-year old high school science teacher/baseball coach (Reagan County High School in Texas) who made a promise to his team that he would try out for an MLB club if his squad won the District Championship. Reagan did indeed pull of that feat, so Morris tried out and eventually won a roster spot with the Tampa Bay Devil Rays. Morris would pitch two nondescript seasons with the Rays and thus was not in the big leagues after the 2000 season. 

Morris's story was depicted in the Disney film The Rookie, starring Dennis Quaid as the title character. 


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