Trot Nixon added to Wilmington Walk of Fame

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Submitted: Sat, 06/01/2013 - 3:59am
Updated: Mon, 06/03/2013 - 12:05pm

WILMINGTON, NC (WWAY) — WWAY’s Trot Nixon was inducted in the Celebrate Wilmington Walk of Fame at the Cotton Exchange this afternoon.

He’s always been a winner, from his days playing high school football and baseball to the big leagues and helping Boston to a World Series victory.

Trot lives in Wilmington with his wife and sons and is never too busy to give back to the community.

“Never in your wildest dreams do you expect to be honored in certain ways,” Nixon said during the induction ceremony. “I had the Wilmington Sports Hall of Fame and now the Wilmington Walk of Fame. I would like to thank every body associated with the Wilmington Walk of Fame for thinking of me.”

Mayor Bill Saffo also declared today Trot Nixon Day in Wilmington.

Trot starred in both baseball and football at New Hanover High School. After graduating in 1993, the Boston Red Sox selected Nixon in the first round of the Major League Baseball Draft. He went on to play in the Majors with the Red Sox, Mets and Indians from 1996 to 2008. He was a member of the 2004 Red Sox, who broke Boston’s 86-year World Series drought.

For the last three years, Trot has served as co-host of WWAY NewsChannel 3’s “5th Quarter” high school football highlight show. He’ll be back again this fall.

The Walk of Fame was adopted as Celebrate Wilmington’s project in 1997 to recognize people who have lived in the Cape Fear region and who have obtained national and international fame in their respective fields. It consists of stones that are permanently set into the walk, located in the Walk of Fame plaza, Water Street entrance of the Cotton Exchange.

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14 Comments on "Trot Nixon added to Wilmington Walk of Fame"

2015 years 8 months ago

…Trot Nixon doesn’t fall into that 90% category! Perhaps if you watched something other than NASCAR, Rasslin’ and Honey Boo-Boo, you would have an understanding as to “who” those 90% are that “you” question. Ya thank?

2015 years 8 months ago

Fake name, Key Board Tough Guy.

2015 years 8 months ago

I hear ya. Who ever heard of Charlie Daniels, Meadowlark Lemon, or Henery Bacon? Wait a minute…wasn’t Henrey Bacon the architect for the Lincoln Memorial? But you’re right, who ever heard of Frank Capra Jr. or his blockbuster Planet of the Apes movies? Or what about that no name James H. Goodnight who was named one of America’s 25 most fascinating entrepreneurs by Inc. Magazine in 2004. Well what about Percy Heath? It’s probably safe to assume you’ve never heard of Miles Davis or Dizzy Gillespie either. How about 30 year veteran and host of NBC Nightly News David Brinkley? You’ve never watched the Simpsons or the Movie Thor or Fantastic Four? That would explain why you’ve never heard of Don Payne. How about the first African American to ever play international tennis? Then go on to win the French Open, Wimbledon, and the US Open. Althea Gibson was also inducted into our little “Walk of Fame” but not before being inducted into the International Tennis Hall of Fame. Another famous hall of famer? Sonny Jergenson. Let’s not forget NFL MVP and LA Rams all time passing leader Roman Gabriel. Next time you might want to do a little research before making uneducated statements regarding the “famous” people of Wilmington. That is of course your idea of famous is Justin Bieber or Lady Gaga then thankfully you’re right…we have no famous people.

2015 years 8 months ago

LeeRoy, my challenged friend, this is an open forum to discuss news articles. It isn’t a boxing match, a rasslin’ fandango or a place to find out who has the ugliest underware in a Myrtle Beach Trailer Park.

So what does “tough” have to do with it when people blatanly display their own ignorance to local landmarks and I happen to point it out?
Oh! and PeeEss…read the other posts, I’m not the ONLY one!

Soooo? Howzzem Honey Boo-Boo shows werkin’ for ya lately? Would you and guestolip happen to be cuzzins?

Steven LoBue
2015 years 8 months ago

Way to go Trot. Thank you for bringing the World Series Championship to Boston, and thank you for all you do here in Wilmington. Well deserved recognition today.

Guest CommonTater
2015 years 8 months ago

Somebody got their mad on cause they are a nobody? LMAO!!! Loser…

dean bailey
2015 years 8 months ago

like who cares . what a joke

2015 years 8 months ago

seems to me he had a great career in high school and made it to the major leagues.. an amazing accomplishment. so if that is a joke, someone must not have the intellect to appreciate accomplishments

Guest 211
2015 years 8 months ago


2015 years 8 months ago

Can anyone show me what he has done for Wilmington?

2015 years 8 months ago

We love and miss you Trot and yiu betetr have been at Fenway to watch the Sox win not those pesky Indians:P

2015 years 8 months ago

Sure are a lot of “famous” people on that walk of fame back of the Cotton Exchange. So famous you have never heard of 90% of them.

Guest 10101
2015 years 8 months ago

I know Trot’s your guy, and he most certainly deserved to be congratulated but ….. this is getting old. Really old. As in: You’re beating this piece to death.

At the very least, it’s time to move this down the list a bit.

Cat Nation
2015 years 8 months ago

Trot please Help coach at NHHS soon with baseball! Bring Brewster with you!!!!