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

April 10, 1885

Cap Anson

Cap Anson’s visiting Chicago club wins over Nashville, 4-2, before 4,000 fans.
April 10, 1885

March 31, 1898

Rube Waddell

Detroit Wolverines shut out Vanderbilt’s baseball squad 6-0 in a game played on the Commodores’ campus. Future Hall of Famer Rube Waddell tosses the last five innings for the Western League club.
March 31, 1898

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

May 18, 1931

6,500 at Night

The first regular season night game is played at Sulphur Dell. The Vols lose to Mobile, 8-1 as Nashville is limited to five hits. Paid attendance is 6,500.
May 18, 1931

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 12, 1933

Lookouts

Nashville bests Chattanooga 22-4 on only 13 hits but is aided by 15 walks by Lookouts pitchers .
April 12, 1933

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

April 9, 1939

Vols vs Phillies

On Easter Sunday, the Philadelphia Phillies and Nashville Vols battle at Sulphur Dell, with the National League team winning 12-9.
April 9, 1939

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

July 28, 1942

Clowns & Gophers

Ethiopian Clowns beat the Minneapolis-St. Paul Gophers at Sulphur Dell, 21-8 as the losing team commits 11 errors.
July 28, 1942

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

July 18, 1946

Nashville Stars

Nashville Stars, managed by Ted Acklen and winner of 35 of 38 games over the past two seasons, played the Nashville All-Stars at Sulphur Dell
July 18, 1946

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

March 28, 1948

Cubs vs Giants

Nashville Cubs fall to the Baltimore Elite Giants, 3-0. Jim Gilliam has three singles to lead the Elites in hitting, and three Baltimore pitchers combine to allow only three hits by the Cubs.
March 28, 1948

June 1, 1949

Nashville Stars & Athens Braves

Athens Braves host Nashville Stars at Legion Memorial Field in Decatur, Alabama with former Philadelphia Stars slugger Doc Dennis and Indianapolis Clowns outfielder Robert Abernathy now playing for Stars.
June 1, 1949

July 24, 1949

Cubs ABCs Doubleheader

Nashville Cubs take a doubleheader from the Indianapolis ABCs, 8-7 and 13-2. James Craig and William Norwood are the winning pitchers for the Cubs as Norwood tosses a two-hitter in the second game.
July 24, 1949

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

September 11, 1949

Nashville Stars Doubleheader

Nashville Stars play the Nashville Dodgers at Sulphur Dell; the doubleheader includes a game between Nolensville Stars and Nashville Travelers.
September 11, 1949

April 9, 1950

Nashville Stars & Owensboro Braves

Owensboro Braves win over Nashville Stars, 7-5, at Spears Park in Waverly, Tennessee.
April 9, 1950

April 23, 1950

Twin Bill at Sulphur Dell

Chicago American Giants win a twin bill at Sulphur Dell against the Cleveland Buckeyes, 17-3, and Nashville Stars, 8-2.
April 23, 1950

May 14, 1950

Nashville Stars

Nashville Stars open home schedule against Gadsden Tigers in a doubleheader at Sulphur Dell.
May 14, 1950

July 9, 1950

Nashville Stars Three-Hitter

William Beverly tosses a three-hitter at Sulphur Dell for Nashville Stars 1-0 win in first game, but Nashville Stars lose to Houston Eagles in nightcap, 9-2.
July 9, 1950

April 15, 1951

Nashville Stars Season Opener

1951 Negro Southern League season kicks off at Sulphur Dell with game between Nashville Stars and Birmingham Eagles.
April 15, 1951

April 29, 1951

Cubs See Red at Sulphur Dell

Memphis Red Sox are 4-0 winners over the Nashville Cubs at Sulphur Dell.
April 29, 1951

June 4, 1951

Nashville Stars & Satchel Paige

Seven Nashville Stars players are added to the Baltimore Elite Giants roster to face Satchel Paige and the Chicago American Giants. Paige does not allow a run during his appearance on the mound, but Chicago loses 5-4 before 1,500 fans at Sulphur Dell as Stars outfielder Jim Zapp has a home run.
June 4, 1951

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

April 8, 1956

Brooklyn & Junior Gilliam

An overflow crowd of 11,993 are on hand as Nashville’s Junior Gilliam has three singles and a double in leading the Brooklyn Dodgers to a 12-2 exhibition win over the Milwaukee Braves.
April 8, 1956

April 16, 1960

Season Opener

In Nashville on Opening Day, the Vols beat Memphis 12-5 before 5,399 fans .
April 16, 1960

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
SKIP NIPPER
Nashville Baseball Historian & Author