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New Hanover's Trot Nixon Still Imagining the Majors

Posted June 9, 1998

— Back in 1992, Trot Nixon of Wilmington's New Hanover High School was the North Carolina Football Player of the Year. He was going to NC State to player football, but Nixon was also a great baseball player.

The Boston Red Sox made him their number one pick out of high school. Nixon chose baseball, but five years later he's still trying to make his way to the major leagues. Recently Nixon had a big series in Charlotte.

Christopher Trotman Nixon is the latest "can't miss kid" in the Boston Red Sox system. And the young man who goes by the name Trot did just that the other night, trotting around the bases twice in Charlotte, where he makes his off season home.

"I look forward to coming here and playing," Nixon said. "I get to come home and stay in my house and stay with my wife and see my family. They'll come up and watch the ball games."

Most people heard about Trot Nixon as a highly recruited high school quarterback out of Wilmington. In fact, he signed to play at NC State until the Red Sox changed his mind.

"It was a tough decision," admitted Nixon. "Sometimes when I watch football when August comes around, you get that little tingle that it's football season, you know. I miss it sometimes, but I'm happy."

And if major league baseball does indeed come to the Carolinas, Trot Nixon would truly be at home. Reporter: Jim Noble

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