Take me out to the ball game!

The other night while watching the news I heard that the New Mayor of Nashville is planning the demise of Greer Stadiums, the original home of the Nashville Sounds. Here is a bit of history on Greer Stadium.

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Herschel Greer Stadium is a former minor league baseball park located in Nashville, Tennessee, on the grounds of Fort Negley, an American Civil War fortification, approximately two miles (3 km) south of the city’s downtown district. It can currently seat 10,300 people.[1]

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Built in 1978 to house the Nashville Sounds, an expansion franchise of the Double-A Southern League, the stadium played host to the club until 2014. In 1985, the Sounds transitioned into a Triple-A franchise, competing first in the American Association and later the Pacific Coast League. Amidst the Sounds’ 37-season run, Greer simultaneously hosted two professional baseball clubs in 1993 and 1994, acting as a temporary home to a displaced Southern League franchise known during that period as the Nashville Xpress. The stadium has also seen occasional use as a field for college baseball and charity events.

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The stadium is best recognized by its distinctive guitar-shaped scoreboard, which displays the line score across the neck. It has been the site of three minor league all-star games, eight no-hit games, including one perfect game, and a 24-inning game which tied the record for the longest game in PCL history.

The subject of numerous upgrades and repairs to maintain its functionality, Greer became one of the oldest stadiums used by a Triple-A team, and it now falls well below professional baseball‘s standards for a stadium at that class level. For over a decade, the Sounds attempted to secure agreements with the Metropolitan Government of Nashville and Davidson County for a new ballpark to replace Greer, eventually resulting in the construction of First Tennessee Park, which became the Sounds’ new home in 2015.

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Greer Stadium has been closed and unused since the end of the 2014 baseball season, and virtually abandoned since the Sounds’ offices were moved to the new facility in early 2015. As of March 2018, the stadium is still standing, but Mayor David Briley has proposed demolishing the structure and reincorporating the land into Fort Negley Park. Source: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Herschel_Greer_Stadium

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Once upon a time Nashville took it’s time mowing down abandoned sites but these days Nashville takes them down post haste. So, with this in mind Jerry Winnett’s ForgottenTennessee.com and Jay Farrell Photography (Farrell Gallery) decided it was time to go out to the ole Ball Field.  I think the best way to narrate this adventure through  Greer will be with song.

Take me out to the ballgame
Take me out to the crowd
Buy me some peanuts and crackerjack
I don’t care if I never get back

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So it’s root, root, root, for the home team
If they don’t win, it’s a shame

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It’s one, two, three strikes you’re out
At the old ballgame

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Take me out to the ballgame
Take me out to the crowd

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Buy me some peanuts and crackerjack
And I don’t care if I never get back

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It’s root, root, root, for the home team
If they don’t win, what else is left
It’s one, two, three strikes you’re out

At the Old Ball Game!

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Take me out to the ballgame
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Take me out to the crowd

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Buy me some peanuts and crackerjack

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I don’t care if I never get back

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So it’s root, root, root, for the home team

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If they don’t win, it’s a shame

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It’s one, two, three strikes you’re out

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At the old ballgame

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Take me out to the ballgame

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Take me out to the crowd

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Buy me some peanuts and crackerjack

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And I don’t care if I never get back

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And I don’t care if I never get back

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It’s root, root, root, for the home team
If they don’t win, what else is left
It’s one, two, three strikes you’re out
At the old ballgame

Play it Jethrow

Songwriters: JACK NORWORTH, ALBERT VON TILZER
Take Me Out To The Ballgame lyrics © Sony/ATV Music Publishing LLC, Universal Music Publishing Group
I hope you enjoyed this exploration of Greer Stadium in all it’s abandoned glory. It was a true wonder to shoot and I’ll be adding more to this page later. Should you wish to buy a print from this adventure please write me at jerry@forgottentennessee.com
for details and prices.

Until next time, PLAY BALL!

-Jerry Winnett