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Greatness holds no boundary to time and while honoring Nashville's past, we swing for the Stars of tomorrow

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Music City Baseball, LLC (“MCB”) is an organization of Nashville business, sports, music and community leaders. MCB is committed to bringing a Major League Baseball franchise to the City of Nashville as a central piece of a mixed-use, multi-themed family, sports, and entertainment district.

Our focus is to secure Major League Baseball approval of an expansion franchise in Nashville, although relocation and rebranding of an existing franchise would also be considered. Our goal is to complete construction of a new baseball stadium by early 2024 and commence competition in the Spring of 2024.

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Baseball is the first organized sport ever played in Nashville, a sense of pride for the Nashville Stars. Baseball is in our DNA. The Stars are deeply rooted in Nashville’s rich baseball history going back to 1860. Sulphur Dell was a cornerstone for all of baseball including the Negro Leagues. The Stars were one of the many teams that were based in Nashville. The Negro Leagues introduced us to some of MLB’s greatest: Satchel Page, Jackie Robinson, Willie Mays, Hank Aaron and many more. This history becomes the inspiration and foundation for the future of baseball in Music City. The Nashville Stars will bring the MLB experience to Nashville, building on our focus of baseball, families, community and entertainment.

Upon approval from Major League Baseball, together we will make history by becoming the first franchise to honor a team name from the Negro Leagues-Nashville Stars. Music City Baseball is excited to announce our collaboration through a revenue sharing partnership with the Negro Leagues Baseball Museum. Diversity without equity is not enough and honoring the traditions and history of the Negro Leagues is a way we can connect to our history and our future. Baseball is a bridge to a better, more equitable society. 

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Establish a partnership between local and state leadership to benefit Davidson County in the development of a family-themed mixed-use real estate, stadium/entertainment district comparable to other recent baseball stadium projects such as The Battery in Atlanta, GA and Globe Life Park in Arlington, TX.

Music City Baseball will also establish a regional sports network with a broadcast partner to expand our reach to “stars” at home and away. This partnership will allow fans to be part of the Nashville Stars experience, even when they are unable to join us at the ballpark.

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All around us, there are people who are going above and beyond to help others and lift them up in times of need. The Nashville Stars are more than just a baseball organization. It’s important to us to provide support and enhancement to the entire Tennessee community. Each month we will be honoring an individual or group who is making a difference in the lives of others. Join us in congratulating and honoring Maggie Corbin, our May 2020 “Star Of The Month.”

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For Immediate Release                Contact: Madison [email protected]   Bob [email protected]     Negro Leagues Baseball Museum Announces Partnership with Music City Baseball Music City Baseball and the Negro Leagues Baseball Museum Announce License and Sharing Agreement of the “Nashville Stars”   KANSAS CITY, Missouri. (April 15, 2020) – The Negro Leagues Baseball Museum (NLBM) has …
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“This partnership with Music City Baseball literally brings the history of the Nashville Stars of the Negro Leagues back to life,” said Bob Kendrick, President of the Negro Leagues Baseball Museum. “This is one of the most important partnerships in the Museum’s history.

We have always wanted a strategic alliance with a Major League Baseball partner. This allows the history of the Negro Leagues to be seen on a much broader scale,” added Kendrick.

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Music City Baseball Board
Alberto Gonzales, Chairman
Lee Barfield
Bob Kendrick
Stacey Garrett Koju
John Loar
Amish Purohit
Nancy Schultz
Steve Smith
Dave Stewart
Baseball Advisors
Tony LaRussa
Dave Stewart
Dave Dombrowski
Tim Corbin
R. A. Dickey
Farrell Owens
Walter Schultz
Barry Zito
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Eddie Hamilton
Rosetta Miller-Perry
Susan Vanderbilt
Ray Waters
Gail Williams
Music Industry Advisors
Kix Brooks
Kane Brown
Eric Church
Luke Combs
Mike Dungan
Larry Gatlin
Mickey Guyton
Lon Helton
Steve Hodges
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Lew Conner
Bill Freeman
Darrell Freeman
Aubrey Harwell
Joel Katz
Brad Margolis
Dianne Neal
William Thomas
Jeri Thompson
Malcolm Turner

OVER 150 YEARS OF NASHVILLE BASEBALL

Nashville Baseball Timeline © 2018 by Skip Nipper. All Rights Reserved.

April 20, 1866

Organized Baseball Arrives

Cumberland Base Ball Club of Nashville is organized. John Dickins is elected president.
April 20, 1866

May 5, 1866

Big Win

Rock City Base Ball Club loses to the Cumberlands, 66-15.
May 5, 1866

October 10, 1884

Paid Players

Nashville first game using paid players, the Nashville Americans host Cincinnati’s Union League club, losing 3-1.
October 10, 1884

November 7, 1884

Land Lease

Nashville’s American Base Ball Association signs a five-year lease for use of land owned by Sulphur Spring Company.
November 7, 1884

October 20, 1900

Southern Association

Southern Association is organized with Nashville as one of eight teams.
October 20, 1900

February 19, 1907

Standard Giants

A meeting is held at the residence of J. W. White to organize the Standard Giants Base Ball club
February 19, 1907

January 14, 1908

Sulphur Dell

Sportswriter Grantland Rice calls Athletic Park “Sulphur Spring Dell”, soon shortens it to “Sulphur Dell”
January 14, 1908

July 20, 1910

Wigs & Baseball

Nashville Standard Giants, local Negro club, wins an exhibition game at Sulphur Dell over the Broncho Bloomer Girls, a negro team of St. Louis, 8-3. Bloomer Girls teams often including male players dressed with wigs; only four women took part in the game.
July 20, 1910

May 12, 1913

Manhattan Stars

Local negro club, Manhattan Stars, loses to Louisville Cubs at Sulphur Dell, 11-6.
May 12, 1913

September 1, 1916

Fourth Southern Pennant

Nashville wins fourth Southern Association pennant by beating Little Rock at Sulphur Dell, 2-1.
September 1, 1916

April 7, 1927

Babe Ruth and Yankees

65th General Assembly of Tennessee adjourns early to see Babe Ruth and New York Yankees play the St. Louis Cardinals at Sulphur Dell. Cardinals beat the Yankees, 10-8.
April 7, 1927

June 20, 1931

Nashville Volunteers

Fay L. Murray, part-owner of the American Association Minneapolis Millers, and Jimmy Hamilton purchase the Nashville Volunteers.
June 20, 1931

April 12, 1932

Attendance Record

Attendance for opening day is 14,502. Seating capacity is 8,000 in the grandstands, and the outfield is lined off with rope to accommodate the crowd. It is the largest crowd to see a game at Sulphur Dell.
April 12, 1932

April 7, 1934

Ruth and Gehrig

Charles Dressen’s Vols wins against the New York Yankees, 5-4, at Sulphur Dell. Babe Ruth and Lou Gehrig are both 2 for 4
April 7, 1934

September 25, 1941

Dixie Playoff Champions

Nashville wins the Dixie Playoffs championship for the second consecutive season by beating the Dallas Rebels, 6-2. In winning four games to none, the Vols’ pitching staff has three complete games, with only one reliever used the entire series.
September 25, 1941

September 20, 1944

Southern Pennant

Nashville captures the Southern Association pennant with their 11-10 victory over the Chicks in Memphis.
September 20, 1944

March 8, 1945

Negro Southern League

An owners meeting of Negro Southern League teams is held in Nashville to adopt a schedule and constitution.
March 8, 1945

October 5, 1947

Nashville Cubs

Nashville Cubs take a double header win over the New York Black Yankees at Sulphur Dell, 6-4 and 3-2
October 5, 1947

September 7, 1949

Pennant #9

Pete Mallory wins a 2-1 decision at Mobile to secure Nashville’s ninth Southern Association pennant and fifth in the past ten years.
September 7, 1949

May 11, 1952

Hank Aaron

Indianapolis Clowns sensation, 18-year-old rookie shortstop Hank Aaron, plays in his first regular season game as a professional at Sulphur Dell. The Clowns win both games of the double header over the Philadelphia Stars, 5-2 and 2-1. Aaron’s Negro League experience would last only 14 games before he signs with the Boston Braves and is sent to Eau Claire, Wisconsin to begin his career in organized baseball.
May 11, 1952

April 4, 1954

Spring 1954

Before 12,006 fans at Sulphur Dell, Milwaukee Braves defeat Brooklyn Dodgers, 18-14. Dodgers catcher Roy Campanella pinch-hits and works the last inning behind the plate as Junior Gilliam anchors third and Jackie Robinson plays first base.
April 4, 1954

September 8, 1963

End Of An Era

In the last Nashville Vols game played at Sulphur Dell, Vols outfielder Charlie Teuscher belts three home runs as the Vols win over Lynchburg, 6-3 and 2-1.
September 8, 1963

September 20, 1977

Larry Schmittou

Larry Schmittou, president of the Nashville Baseball Club, and Cincinnati’s Sheldon “Chief” Bender, sign a working agreement for the local baseball team to become the AA affiliate of the Reds.
September 20, 1977

April 26, 1978

Nashville Sounds

Nashville Sounds play their first home game, a 12–4 victory, against the Savannah Braves in front of a Greer Stadium sellout crowd of 8,156 fans.
April 26, 1978

September 11, 1982

Southern League Champions

Sounds win a second Southern League championship by beating Jacksonville 5-3 in 13 innings. Brian Dayett slams a home run with Buck Showalter on base to gain the win for Nashville.
September 11, 1982

April 7, 2003

Perfect Game

Right-hander John Wasdin pitches the first perfect game in Nashville Sounds history in his first start of the season against the Albuquerque Isotopes. The 4–0 Sounds win was only the second nine-inning perfect game in Pacific Coast League history.
April 7, 2003

September 7, 2005

PCL Crown

Nashville captures the PCL crown with a 5-2 win over Tacoma, winning the series three games to none.
September 7, 2005

June 25, 2007

Perfection Repeat

Manny Parra tosses the second perfect game in Nashville Sounds history, only the third nine-inning perfect game in PCL history, against the Round Rock Express.
June 25, 2007

August 27, 2014

Farewell To Greer

Nashville plays the last game at Greer Stadium against Sacramento before a sell-out crowd of 11,067 fans, losing 13-8.
August 27, 2014

April 17, 2015

First Tennessee Park Opener

Opening night at Nashville’s new First Tennessee Park, as the Sounds win over Colorado Springs, 3-2. 10,459 fans are on hand.
April 17, 2015
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