Baseball field named after Private Jimmy Trimble who died in Japan while on a volunteer reconnaissance mission with the Third Marine Division of Guam. “Private Trimble was an outstanding member of the Third Marine Division All-Star baseball team,” announced Major General Graves Erskine, Division commander. “His name will not be forgotten and his brave spirit will continue to inspire us in the tough battles that lie ahead.”
Location: The Territory of Guam, Western Pacific Ocean
Notes: James “Jimmy” Trimble III was born in Bethesda, Maryland in 1926. Trimble attended a St. Albans School in Washington, DC, where he was a star athlete. He played football, captained the basketball team and stunned onlookers with his blistering fastball and hard breaking curve. In his time at St Albans, Trimble hurled three no-hitters and was never defeated. He was offered a contract to play professional ball with the Senators and given a full scholarship to Duke University to play. He put his career on hold and enlisted in the Marine Corps. He had the opportunity to pitch for the Third Marine Division baseball team on Guam. Pitching against many former professional players, Trimble had phenomenal success, including a string of 21 straight wins. He also pitched in the Little World Series and became quite a celebrity in camp. Private Trimble died in combat in 1945.