Nashville Baseball History: From Sulphur Dell to the Sounds



Nashville is a Big League city despite never having been home to a major league team. From the Civil War era, to star-studded exhibitions, to outstanding Negro Leagues teams, to some of the great minor league franchises of all time, few cities have as rich a baseball tradition as Nashville, Tennessee.

Nashville sports historian Bill Traughber, who has been writing about baseball for nearly two decades, traces that 130+ year history from its beginnings to today. Featuring 32 essays, detailed player profiles and stats, timelines and seasonal results, and more than 80 photos–many of them previously unpublished–Nashville Baseball History: From Sulphur Dell to the Sounds–captures all the local flavor and passion of one of the south’s great baseball cities. Featuring…

  • An introduction by Farrell Owens, the Sounds’ first general manager and a key figure in the success and growth of Nashville baseball
  • Visits from all-time greats, including Honus Wagner, Babe Ruth, Joe DiMaggio, Jackie Robinson, Henry Aaron, Reggie Jackson, and many more
  • The Nashville Vols, the classic minor league franchise from the first half of the 20th century
  • Decades of African American baseball, featuring Nashville’s own “Turkey” Stearnes, a Hall of Famer, and Dodgers’ great “Junior” Jim Gilliam, now a local icon
  • The Nashville Sounds, whose fortunes took off when they became a New York Yankees affiliate, with future stars like Don Mattingly, Steve Balboni, and Willie McGee taking the field
  • The Sounds’ ongoing success and popularity, which continue to grow today in their new home, First Tennessee Park
  • Michael Jordan’s foray into professional baseball, as thrilling to fans as it was brief
  • Interviews with fan favorite Skeeter Barnes, Buck Showalter, and part-owner and fan extraordinaire Richard Sterban of the Oak Ridge Boys

ISBN: 9781938545832
Publisher: Summer Game Books
Pub Date: 06/2017
Format: Paperback
Weight: 0.74lbs
Size: 9.00h x 6.00w x 0.51d

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Weight 0.74 lbs
Dimensions 9.00 × 6.00 × 0.51 in