A Life Member of Queensland Cricket, Trimble was the only member selected in QC’s Team of the 20th Century who did not play Test cricket.
His path was blocked at international level by the likes of Bill Lawry and Bob Simpson, despite regularly being amongst the leading scorers for Queensland.
“Slammin Sam’s” 144-match first class career saw him harvest 10,282 runs at 41.00. His Shield record for Queensland returned 8647 runs at 39.85 including 22 centuries.
His first-class record of runs for Queensland of 9465 at 40.80 from 133 games meant he was the State’s all-time leading runs-scorer until eventually eclipsed by Stuart Law and Martin Love.
Queensland Cricket Chairman Chris Simpson expressed condolences to Trimble’s family on behalf of the Queensland cricketing community.
“Sam’s batting efforts were inevitably a highlight for Queensland fans during those many summers when a Sheffield Shield title eluded the efforts of the State despite the presence of so many talented players,’’ he said.
“He remained a steadfast supporter of cricket in this State in his post-playing days in so many areas, in coaching, as a State selector, a hard-working curator at Souths and as a delegate and Life Member who retained a keen interest through his involvement in Queensland Cricket.”
“As a player, I was fortunate to have many conversations with Sammy and the Bulls playing group of the time certainly enjoyed catching up with him at matches and functions.”
“He will be missed by all who had the pleasure of knowing him. On behalf of the QC family, we express our sympathies to his family and friends,” he said.
Trimble was 12th man for the first Test against the West Indies in Jamaica in 1965 and he also captained an Australia Second XI to New Zealand in 1969, where he demonstrated his appetite for runs with a double century in the unofficial Test.
Originally from Booyong near Lismore in northern NSW, he moved to Brisbane to further his cricketing career as a young man, forging life-long ties with Brisbane clubs Western Suburbs and South Brisbane while establishing himself as one of the mainstays of the Queensland Sheffield Shield team during the 1960s and 70s.
His first class career spanned 1959-60 through to 1975-76, when, as a 41-year-old opening batsman, he contributed several match-winning efforts for Queensland.
He demonstrated his talent and application in memorable fashion during the fractious 1970-71 Ashes tour by the MCC, blazing 177 for Queensland against an MCC attack which included John Snow and Peter Lever.
He received an MBE for his services to cricket in 1975 and became a Life Member of Queensland Cricket in 1997 and South Brisbane District Cricket Club in 2004.
He was a State selector for many years, played cricket into his 60s with the Wanderers (Qld) club and worked for Souths as curator and groundman officially between 1991 and 2005 and unofficially for many years after that.
His son Glenn was a leading player for Queensland during the 1980s and represented Australia in limited overs cricket.
Something of a coaching trail-blazer, Sam ran his popular live-in Sam Trimble Coaching Camps at the Gabba indoor centre during the 1970s and 1980s across school holidays which offered batting and bowling film and video analysis for the many youngsters who attended.
He was 84 at the time of his death. Funeral details will be advised in due course.