The Oldest Rookie

A 35-year-old high school teacher throws 98 m.p.h. and finds himself in the majors

Like any other good teacher, Jim Morris thought his students weren't working up to their potential. When kids on the high school baseball team he coached in Big Lake, Texas, complained that he was throwing too hard in batting practice, he told them to quit whining. After all, this was a team that had only three wins in each of the three seasons before Morris showed up in 1997. But the players knew their coach's fastball was major league scary. So when he gave them a pep talk about following their dreams, they challenged him to follow his own and try...

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