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Nashville Sports Teams and History:              



Tennessee Titans

LP Field
One Titans Way, Nashville Tennessee 37228
Phone: (615) 565-4000
The Tennessee Titans are a professional American football team and are currently members of the South Division of the American Football Conference (AFC) in the National Football League (NFL). Previously known as the Houston Oilers, the then-Houston, Texas, team began play in 1960 as a charter member of the American Football League. The Oilers won two AFL championships before joining the NFL as part of the AFL-NFL Merger.

The team relocated to the state of Tennessee in 1997, first playing in Memphis for one season before moving to Nashville. For two seasons, the team was known as the Tennessee Oilers before changing its name to Titans in 1999. The Tennessee Titans play in one of the NFL's most beautiful stadiums - LP Field (formerly The Coliseum). After 30 years of playing in Houston at the Astrodome, the team, began wanting a new football-only stadium in the mid 1990's. After numerous attempts failed to get a stadium in Houston, the team decided to move to Nashville.





Nashville Sounds Baseball Team

534 Chestnut St
Nashville, TN 37203
Phone: (615) 242-4371

The Nashville Sounds are a minor league baseball team of the Pacific Coast League (PCL) and are the Triple-A affiliate of the Milwaukee Brewers. They are located in Nashville and are named for the city's association with the music industry. The team plays their home games at Herschel Greer Stadium, which opened in 1978 and currently holds 10,052 fans. Greer is one of only a few U.S. stadiums that is privately owned and absolutely the only stadium in the country with a guitar-shaped scoreboard.

Originally established as a Double-A team in 1978, the Sounds moved up to the Triple-A level in 1985. The team has served as a farm club for six different major league franchises. A total of twenty-one different managers have helmed the club and its nearly 800 players. As of the completion of the 2007 season, the team has played in 4,297 regular season games and compiled a win-loss record of 2,245-2,052.

The team fielded in 1981 was recognized as one of the 100 greatest minor league teams of all time. The 2006 team tied the record for the longest game in PCL history. Of the three nine-inning perfect games in the history of the PCL, two have been pitched by members of the Sounds. The Sounds won the PCL Championship in 2005, sweeping the Tacoma Rainiers in three games in the final series. Previous league titles won by the team are the Southern League title in 1979, as the Double-A affiliate of the Cincinnati Reds, and again in 1982, as the Double-A affiliate of the New York Yankees. Going into 2008, they are the three-time defending PCL American North Division champions.




Sounds Open Homestand On Thursday Night

The Sounds celebrating their conference title win before eventually winning the PCL title in 2005

The Nashville Predators Hockey Team

Sommet Center
127 5th Avenue
Nashville, TN 37203

The Nashville Predators are a professional ice hockey team based in Nashville. They are members of the Central Division of the Western Conference of the National Hockey League (NHL). They play their home games at Sommet Center, formerly known as Gaylord Entertainment Center and Nashville Arena. This year, All-Star defenseman Kimmo Timonen, All-Star goaltender Tomas Vokoun & newly acquired marquee left wing Paul Kariya look to ignite Nashville on a return to playoff action.


Nashville Superspeedway
4847-F McCrary Road
Lebanon, TN 37090

Tickets: (866) RACE-TIX
Phone: (615) 547-7500

Nashville Superspeedway in Lebanon, Tenn., houses a 1.33-mile, fully lighted, “D” shaped, concrete track and grandstands with future capabilities of accommodating more than 150,000 fans. The facility also boasts a 1.8-mile road course that is host to numerous motorcycle and road course events. Built by Dover Motorsports, Inc. in April 2001, Nashville Superspeedway continues to provide “Music City, U.S.A.” with top-notch IRL IndyCar Series, NASCAR Nationwide Series, and NASCAR Craftsman Truck Series racing events. The Major League of Monster Trucks was added to the schedule in 2007 and will return to Nashville Superspeedway in 2008.

From the time the green flag waves on the Dover Motorsports season at Nashville Superspeedway on March 22, 2008 until the checkered flag falls at Memphis Motorsports Park on October 25, 2008, hundreds of thousands of racing aficionados will enter the grandstands and experience great racing at four of the finest motorsports facilities in the country.




Nashville Metros Soccer Team

Nashville Metros are an American soccer team, founded in 1989. The team is a member of the United Soccer Leagues Premier Development League (PDL), the fourth tier of the American Soccer Pyramid, and plays in the Southeast Division of the Southern Conference against teams from Atlanta, Bradenton, Cary, Greensboro, Orlando, Panama City and West Palm Beach.

The Metros play their home games at Ezell Park in Nashville, Tennessee, which became their permanent home in 1997 after years of using high school and municipal stadia in Nashville and Franklin. The team's colors are red, blue and white.



The Nashville Storm Football Team

The Nashville Storm are a minor league outdoor football team, founded in 2002 in the NAFL, North America’s largest minor outdoor football league with 124 teams. The Storm is an amateur rather than a professional football organization, although they feature numerous players who have played football professionally in the past or who will play football professionally in the future. Playing football for the Nashville Storm, therefore, has usefulness for players seeking both professional and collegiate opportunities. The Nashville Storm has consistently been a championship-contending football program. The Storm has compiled an aggregate 59-12 record in its’ first 5 years of play.




Tennessee State Parks

For information on parks and hours:

Tennessee's 53 state parks offer a wide array of outstanding recreational opportunities and
natural encounters for the entire family. Tennessee State Parks received the prestigious 2007 Gold Medal Award for Excellence in Park and Recreation Management, the highest honor in the industry.

Metro Board of Parks and Recreation owns and manages 10,200 acres (4,120 ha) of land and 99 parks and greenways (comprising more than 3% of the total area of the county). 2,684 acres (1,086 ha) of land is home to Warner Parks, which houses a 5,000 square-foot (460 m²) learning center, 20 miles (30 km) of scenic roads, 12 miles (19 km) of hiking trails, and 10 miles (16 km) of horse trails. In late 2005, Centennial Park began offering free wireless broadband internet service. Warner Parks, the largest municipal parks in the state, are home to the annual Iroquois Steeplechase




Sports venues in Nashville are:       

  • LP Field
  • Sommet Center
  • Nashville Municipal Auditorium
  • Herschel Greer Stadium
  • Ezell Park
  • Vanderbilt Stadium at Dudley Field at Vanderbilt University
  • Memorial Gymnasium at Vanderbilt University
  • Curb Event Center at Belmont University
  • Gentry Center at Tennessee State University
  • Allen Arena at Lipscomb University
  • Music City Motorplex at state fairgrounds






Nashville Sports History

When pioneer James Robertson led his frontier party to the river banks of the Cumberland River on Christmas Day 1779, the future site of Nashville was established. Hardships endured, but no doubt leisure time was spent with various types of entertainment.

Horse racing was a popular “sport” while the future president, AndrewJackson, established Nashville’s first horse track at Clover Bottom in 1805. The Nashville Race Track (present site of MeroCenter) was later the feature place for Nashvillians to gather on weekends.

The Nashville Jockey Club organized horse races at that track from 1828-86. In 1843, the track hosted the richest horse race in the world at that time. The chestnut filly Peytona won the Peyton Stakes purse of $35,000. As Nashville grew, other racecourses would sprout about the city.

The West Park racetrack was located in what is now Centennial Park, but was closed in 1893 to make room for the Nashville Centennial Exposition. The current site of the Nashville Fairgrounds was known as Cumberland Park and home to harness racing. These tracks also entertained bicycle races.

In 1941, the Iroquois Memorial Steeplechase was held in Percy WarnerPark and established annual horse racing. Named for the first American-bred thoroughbred to win the English Derby in 1881, the event has lasted each year expect for one during World War II. The remains of the famed Iroquois are buried in an unknown location on the original Belle Meade Mansion grounds.

The origin of baseball in Nashville is not known, but an article in a Nashville newspaper from July 1860 describes men playing the game on the east side of the Cumberland River. Organized baseball was played as early as 1866 in an area of Nashville known as Sulphur Springs Bottom.

Nashville was a charter member of the new Southern League in 1885 with the Americans (1885-86). The league folded in 1899 as Nashville fielded three more teams Blues (1887), Tigers (1893-94) and Seraphs (1895).

In 1901, an original league emerged as the Southern Association, which Nashville was again a charter member. Games were still played in the Sulphur Springs Bottom area of the city. The ballpark was known as Athletic Park and later became famous as Sulphur Dell.

Nashville was excited about their new ball club christened the “Volunteers.” But the team was best known as the “Vols.” The Vols won the first two Southern Association’s pennants in 1901 and 1902 behind the leadership of manager Newt Fisher. The Vols would also win league pennants in 1908 and 1916.

A pennant drought of 24 years ended with the arrival of Larry Gilbert as the Vols manager in 1939. The former longtime manager of the New Orleans Pelicans was lured to Nashville. Gilbert won pennants with Nashville in 1940, 1943, 1944 and 1948. Gilbert moved into the front office after the 1948 season. His successor, Rollie Hemsley, would win the Vols ninth overall and final league championship in 1949.

The first night game at Sulphur Dell was held on May 18, 1931. Nashville lost that game 8-1 before an estimated 7,000 fans. (In 1894, Nashville experimented with night baseball for one night as 54 temporary lights were scattered around Athletic Park). Other historic moments at the ballpark include Tom Rogers’ perfect game (1916), Buster Boguskie’s six hits in a game (1948), and Bob Lennon clubbing 40 of his 64 record-setting home runs in Nashville.

The Southern Association folded at the end of the 1961 season. The ballpark was empty the next year, but the Double-A South Atlantic League (also known as the SALLY League) came to Nashville in 1963 for one season. Poor attendance and financial problems forced professional baseball to leave Nashville at the end of the 1963 season.

Professional baseball returned to the city in 1978 with the Double-A Nashville Sounds playing in their new home—Herschel Greer Stadium. The Sounds would win championships in 1979, 1982, and 2005. Two future major league MVP’s in Don Mattingly (Yankees, 1985) and Willie McGee (Cardinals, 1985) were once on a Sounds’ roster. A new downtown ballpark in planned for 2008.

Nashvillian Tom Wilson was one of the first blacks to own a baseball park. Wilson Park, located in the Trimble Bottom area, was home to the Nashville Elite Giants members of the National Negro League and Southern Negro League.

The first football game in Nashville was recorded on Thanksgiving Day, 1885 when the Nashville Football Club played the Nashville Athletic Club. The game was played in Athletic Park while the NFC won that historic contest, 6-4. Vanderbilt University would win the city’s first college football game five years later with a defeat of the University of Nashville (Peabody), 40-0.

As the first major university in Nashville, Vanderbilt has been supplying a variety of events to sporting fans. Football, basketball, baseball, track, tennis, bicycling, swimming and other sports have been played on the Vanderbilt campus since the early 1890s. Coach Dan McGugin (1904-34) won more football games (197-55) in the school’s history. Some of the great players from Vanderbilt include Josh Cody, Lynn Bomar, Carl Hinkle and Bill Wade.

Clyde LeeWhen Dr. James Naismith invented basketball, the eastern game spread to Nashville. The Commodores have been playing basketball since 1893. The Y.M.C.A Ramblers were basketball competitors and several times crowned city champs in the early 20th century.

Basketball coach Bob Polk (1948-61) is considered Vanderbilt’s father of modern basketball. Roy Skinner (1962-76) followed and is the Commodores all-time winningest coach (278-135). Such basketball greats to wear a Commodore uniform are Billy Joe Adcock, Clyde Lee, Tom Hagan and Will Perdue. The Commodores have won three SEC titles.

Tennessee State University has given many thrills to fans of sports. The football program gained national attention with the legendary coach John Merritt. He was a constant winner with players as Ed “Too Tall” Jones and Claude Humphrey.

Track coach Ed Temple gained world wide recognition with his famous Tigerbelles, Such track women as Wilma Rudolph, Wyomia Tyus and Madeline Manning were Olympic champions. Coach Ed Martin was part of a basketball tradition that includes, Dick Barnett, Len Robinson, Ted McClain and Lloyd Neal.

David Lipscomb College became a force in N.A.I.A. baseball with coach Ken Dugan (1960-96). Dugan’s clubs won two national championships in 1977 and 1979. He amassed a career record of 1,137-462. The Bisons also won a national championship in basketball in 1986 with coach Don Meyer while playing in cozy McQuiddy Gym. Former Bison greats are John Kimbrell, John Pierce and Philip Hutcheson.

Belmont College would be another great school to provide excitement for sports fans. Baseball coach Dave Whitten’s teams gave fierce competition to any opponent. Rick Byrd has brought Bruin basketball to national recognition and a recent NCAA Tournament berth. All-time scorer Joe Behling treated Belmont fans with his power style of play.

Fisk University’s Galloway Stadium was the site of the state of Tennessee’s first interracial football game played in 1954. Fisk lost to Taylor University (Upland, Ind.) 32-0. Ron Lawson led Pearl High School to two national championship seasons before guiding the Fisk basketball program into distinction as a coach in the 1970s.

Nashville hosted its first automobile races at dirt track Cumberland Park (fairgrounds) in 1904.

An 11-event program was established which included famed driver Barney Oldfield. The fairgrounds site has hosted auto races since that day, but has been through various name changes. The track was paved in 1958 and is today known as Music City Motorplex.

The Sulphur Dell Speedways held races for a short period in 1965 before being demolished four years later. In those early modern years of auto racing popular drivers were Bob Reuther, Coo Coo Marlin, Bill Morton, Jimmy Griggs, Bob Celsor, Flookie Buford, Darrell Waltrip and Sterling Marlin.

Hockey came to Music City in 1962 with the arrival of the Nashville Dixie Flyers, members of the Eastern Hockey League. The Flyers would win championships with the aid of coaches John McLellan and Lloyd Hinchberger. Home was the Municipal Auditorium for players Ted McCaskill, Marv Edwards and Wayne Clairmont. Financial woes forced the Flyers to leave Nashville in 1971. The Nashville South Stars (1981-83) played two seasons in the Central Hockey League and Atlantic Coast Hockey League.

Golf has been played for centuries and came to Nashville in the late 1890s. The first Nashville golf course was located where the old West End High School existed. The Nashville Golf and Country Club was completed in 1902. In 1916, the golf club moved to Belle Meade and became the Belle Meade Golf and Country Club five years later. The first public golf course opened in 1924 and became Shelby Park Golf Course.

Jackie FargoNashville sporting veterans can recall Nick Gulas promoting wrestling matches involving Jackie Fargo, Tojo Yamamoto, LenRossi, and BearcatBrown. A popular event from the 1940s, 50s and 60s was the annual Golden Gloves Tournament. These matches were held in the Hippodrome and Municipal Auditorium.

In 2008, your sporting ancestors would be amazed with Nashville venues of LP Field, Gaylord Entertainment Center and the Centennial Sportsplex. The Tennessee Titans and Nashville Predators have brought Nashville to the highest level in football and hockey. Additional events held in Nashville are the Music City Bowl, Country Music Marathon & ½ Marathon, NCAA & SEC Men’s & Women’s basketball tournaments, swimming and skating competitions.

Nashville can be proud if its historical sporting achievements.



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