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<I>The Oldest Rookie</I>

On Opening Day of the baseball season, Liane talks with Jim Morris, a Texas high school baseball coach whose kids made a deal with him in the spring of 1999: they'd pursue their dreams, if he did, too. The former minor league pitcher, who'd retired a decade earlier because of injuries, went out for a tryout camp -- and found himself throwing the ball faster than he ever had before. Before the year was out, he was pitching in the big leagues for the Tampa Bay Devil Rays, as a 35 year old rookie. Liane talks with Jim Morris, who tells his remarkable story in a new book, The Oldest Rookie: Big League Dreams from a Small Town Guy. (9:50) (NOTE: The Oldest Rookie is published by Little, Brown).

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