Gore Vidal chose to be buried beside his partner of more than half a century—but he picked the cemetery to be just a few strides from the one great love of his life, a golden-haired baseball prodigy who joined the Marines and was killed by a Japanese suicide bomber when he was just 19.
...(James) Trimble was by then the hottest baseball prospect anybody could remember. The Washington Post reported he had pitched a no-hitter against Woodrow Wilson High School. He struck out 14 batters, much to the consternation of a beauty officially named Woodrow Wilson’s most beautiful blonde, Christine White.
“He wouldn’t let our boys hit the ball,” she would later tell the writer James Roberts in his book, Hardball on the Hill. “It seemed so unfair.”
...A future in baseball seemed assured with a letter from the Washington Senators inviting him to try out, saying, “Just bring your glove, shoes, and sweatshirt and we can furnish you with a uniform.” He walked away with a contract giving him $5,000 up front and a full scholarship to Duke if he agreed to play for the Senators afterwards.
...The fighting on Guam was all but done when he arrived, and he was able to play baseball between patrols. He lived a dream as he got to pitch against major league ball players who now wore a Marine uniform. He scored 27 victories and suffered just two losses, and made the Third Marine Division All-Star Team.
“Thank God for God, you and baseball in this dark wilderness,” he wrote White.