WILMINGTON, NC (WWAY) — Former WWAY 5th Quarter co-host Trot Nixon spoke at the Greater Wilmington Sports Hall of Fame Speakers Luncheon on Friday. It was Nixon’s first time speaking to the GWSHOF crowd since his induction in 2012.
Trot Nixon played for more than a decade in Major League Baseball. He spent most of his season as an outfielder with the Boston Red Sox. In fact Nixon won a World Series title in 2014. “All I wanted to do when I was in high school was to win a state championship in football and to win one in baseball,” Nixon said. “I came up short in football, but won one in baseball. Got to professional baseball and that team mentality that I developed over the years playing at New Hanover carried over in Boston. That’s all I ever wanted to do was win a championship.” When you win a World Series title you get to wear a World Series ring, but Trot doesn’t wear his very often for a few different reasons. “I have bad habit of cracking my knuckles. My knuckles are getting so big my that I can’t get my ring over my knuckles.”
Trot Nixon was not born in Wilmington, but it’s been his home for most of his life and Wilmington will always have a connection to the 2004 World Series champion Boston Red Sox, for one reason, and that reason is the guy who wore #7 in right field. “It’s good to reflect back on it,” Nixon told WWAY after the luncheon. “I don’t do it that much, believe it or not, not much here in Wilmington. People just don’t think about talking about it. Some kids will ask, along with Red Sox fans.”