Chicago White Sox

Former big-leaguer Trot Nixon visits Cal Ripken tourney with son's N.C. team

JAMES CITY — To most fans that encounter him at the local baseball diamond now days, he's Trot Nixon, the former Boston Red Sox right fielder.

To Sox fans, he is beloved for 10 years of productivity — his individual offensive highlight was 2003 when he hit .306 with 28 home runs and 87 RBIs — along with the tenacious fashion he approached the playing the game. He was also a part of the 2004 World Series champion Red Sox team, when he hit .357 with three RBIs in the series against the St. Louis Cardinals.

To the Supper Optimist 11-year-old baseball team from Nixon's hometown of Wilmington, N.C., he's just "Coach Trot."

Supper Optimist competed in the Cal...