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Minor League Baseball ~ The Nashville Sounds

Updated on April 10, 2012
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Those Were The Days!

“BLEACHER SEATS! GET YOUR BLEACHER SEATS HERE!” We’d always laugh when that guy started hawking those things. I don’t think we ever rented one of those seats that you put on the bleacher so you can sit more comfortably. This was in the early eighties and we were cheering on the Nashville Sounds, a minor league baseball team.

I have such fond memories of going to see the Sounds. I remember getting the little baseball helmets with ice cream in them, and buttered popcorn, peanuts, cotton candy, hot dogs...wait, what was I talking about? Oh yeah, baseball!

I love baseball. I can just sit and watch a game and I don’t care who is playing. Actually, I don’t have to watch it, I can just listen to it and I’m instantly in a good mood. Baseball puts me in a better place. A place of innocence. A place of no worries. A place in the past - the good ol’ days.

The Nashville Americans.
The Nashville Americans. | Source

Early Origins

The year was 1885 and the Sounds were known as the Nashville Americans back then. Although the team had been around since 1860, 1885 was when they became part of the newly formed Southern League. The Nashville Americans remained the name until 1886 and then the name changed to the Blues.

The team was also known as the Tigers and Seraphs during those early years, but in 1901 the newly named Nashville Volunteers started playing in the Southern Association. The name and their affiliation with the league stuck for 61 years. The dissolution of the Southern Association in 1962 brought Nashville a year without baseball, and in 1963, the team played only one more year for the Southern Atlantic League and then disbanded.

Sulphur Dell before it became a parking lot. =/
Sulphur Dell before it became a parking lot. =/ | Source

Let's Play Some Ball!

After fifteen years, baseball was brought back to the people, but the former home of the Nashville Volunteers, Sulphur Dell, had been razed and made into a parking lot during the hiatus. A new name and a new ballpark was needed to bring in the fans so in 1978, the Nashville Sounds were born. Herschel Greer Stadium located near downtown Nashville was their new home as it remains today.

The Nashville Sounds of today are a Triple-A team and play in the Pacific Coast League. The major league team they are affiliated with are the Milwaukee Brewers. Over the years, the Sounds have been the farm team for the New York Yankees, Pittsburgh Pirates, Chicago White Sox, Cincinnati Reds, and Detroit Tigers.

Beautiful night game.
Beautiful night game. | Source

Making More Memories

My fond memories come from the New York Yankees years. I still have merchandise such as pennants, pens, programs, cups, and the aforementioned helmets. I sure miss hearing the “BLEACHER SEAT” guy, sitting in seats that weren’t mine, and falling asleep on that long ride home, but I don’t miss the heat, the pushing and shoving, and long lines to the bathroom.

This summer, I plan on going to as many home games as possible. I need to hear the crowds and smell the popcorn. Get sticky cotton candy hands and yell at the umpire. Do the pee-pee dance while waiting in line at those old dimly lit bathrooms. I need to sit where I don’t belong and then claim innocence when I’m caught. To live and breathe baseball during the summer of 2012 is my new goal. Play ball!

Ozzie, the Nashville Sounds mascot.
Ozzie, the Nashville Sounds mascot. | Source
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      beach2283 5 years ago

      Things have been doing well so far. I am in Florida visiting family for the summer. It has been relaxing to enjoy the beach, and the water. I've been able to make it to some minor league games while I've been here. On Thursdays they have Thirsty Thursdays. Those games get pretty crowded for the drinks. Very long lines with pee-pee dancing during those games. lol.

      I am sorry to hear that you had health problems. I hope you are feeling better now and can see some games soon. I still need to make it to Nashville to check out a game. I hope you are doing well, and having a great day. Talk to you soon! :)

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      Lisa 5 years ago from Tennessee

      Hey Joe! My summer is going great right now, but the past two months were not the best. I had some health issues and worried a lot, but I'm fine now.

      I still haven't been to a game yet and it's not looking good. Everyone is so busy and not really in the baseball mood. boo.

      Thanks for checking back in! How are things with you?

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      Joe 5 years ago

      Hello! How have you been? How is your summer going? Have you gone to any Nashville Sounds games this summer?

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      Lisa 5 years ago from Tennessee

      Joe, no I haven't been yet. We haven't even looked at the schedule yet to see when everyone is available! Definitely need to make plans!

      Great to hear from you!

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      Joe 5 years ago

      Hello! Have you gotten a chance to go to any Nashville Sounds games yet? I plan to go right after school ends next month. Can't wait to drive down to Nashville and see a game. Have a great weekend!

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      Lisa 5 years ago from Tennessee

      Joe, it's nice to hear from you again! I am doing great and you just made me think of the beach and baseball again! I'll have awesome dreams tonight! Thanks! =)

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      Joe 5 years ago

      It is heaven down there with the beach and going to see all the minor league games. It helps me to relax and try to forget about things for a little while. I should have gone to school down there. But, it would be too hard to foucus on class with all those baseball games and miles of beautiful beach. I hope you're doing well.!

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      Lisa 5 years ago from Tennessee

      The beach AND baseball?!? Yeah, that sounds like my idea of heaven!

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      Joe 5 years ago

      I have fun whenever I go to baseball games as well. I don't know how someone doesn't like baseball. In Florida where my family has their condo it is heaven for minor league baseball. Clearwater, Tampa, and Dunedin are only short drives and all have minor league teams. It is worth a trip to go for the baseball and the beach!

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      Lisa 5 years ago from Tennessee

      Joe, we always have fun no matter where we go! The Yankee years were 80-84.

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      Joe 5 years ago

      I bet they have a great time at the games. It sounds like the New York Yankee years were a lot of fun. What years were the Yankees there? I was able to see the Yankees single A team down in Tampa. It is a really nice stadium.

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      Lisa 5 years ago from Tennessee

      Joe, I usually go with family. I have nephews that are sports fanatics and they love going!

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      Joe 5 years ago

      When you go to the games do you go by yourself or with a group of people? There are times when I've went by myself just to watch and enjoy the game

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      Joe 5 years ago

      Yes, I also hate when people just show up and don't even really care about the game. One guy that I know likes to yell and scream at the games. But, he doesn't do it at the right times. He is just loud and obxonious not the best person to go to a baseball game with. I thought it was funny when you wrote "Do the pee pee dance while waiting in line for those old dimly lit bathrooms." Lots of those dances at the old Veterans Stadium in Philly and Wrigley Field.

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      Lisa 5 years ago from Tennessee

      Joe, it is a great time especially when you get the right people to go along with you! By that, I mean people that like having a good time, but also want to watch the game! I hate it when people just show up to be seen!

      Thanks for the comment!

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      Joe 5 years ago

      I love baseball as well. There is nothing better than spending a summer day at Wrigley Field. But, most of the time they are on the losing end. I would like to check out a Nashville Sounds game this summer. It sure sounds like a great time, in a great city.

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      Lisa 5 years ago from Tennessee

      ben, that's probably true for some players! They get comfy after turning pro. Thanks for the comment!

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      ben 5 years ago

      i think minor league is better than major.... kinda like college football and NFL... you play your absoulte best so you get noticed and go pro.

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      Lisa 5 years ago from Tennessee

      billybuc: I'm a big fan of nostalgia and I'm glad you got to experience it from reading my blog! Ah, memories!

      Thanks for stopping by!

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      Bill Holland 5 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Anybody who writes about minor league baseball is alright by me...I grew up watching the Tacoma Giants as a kid on summer nights...loved it, love the memories. Thanks for taking me back to those nights.

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      Lisa 5 years ago from Tennessee

      Jackie, I know some people say that baseball is boring, and I can see that, but maybe it puts you to sleep because it has a calming effect on you. Just a thought! Thanks for the comment!

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      Jackie Lynnley 5 years ago from The Beautiful South

      They are relaxing, like an old movie, I can't keep my eyes open. I don't really understand that since there is excitement in the game too, maybe because it is not as often, like other sports that is continual?

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      Lisa 5 years ago from Tennessee

      michiganman567: Honestly, I don't care if it's minor or major, I just like baseball! The Sounds are my only option locally. Too far to go anywhere else. I'd like to catch an Atlanta Braves game or maybe a Cincinnati Reds one some day! Thanks for the comment!

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      Lisa 5 years ago from Tennessee

      The Macs: Thanks for stopping by!

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      michiganman567 5 years ago from Michigan

      My dad claims that minor league baseball is better than MLB. I don't believe it, but I'm glad that it gives you both pleasure.

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      The Macs 5 years ago from Peoria, IL

      I have been to a handful of minor league games and really enjoy them. We just moved to the Peoria,IL area which is home the class a Cubs team. I can't wait to take in a few games. Good work.