The home of the Sounds is the last of the Mohicans as a testimonial to the honest baseball spirit. Privately planned, built and financed in the late 70s by baseball entrepreneur Larry Schmittou (a former Vanderbilt coach who even mortgaged his own house on the project), it served as the premier minor league park of the south for years. In fact, the Yankees even sent their top prospects there as a farm club.

Now aged, somewhat ramshackled but still spunky since Schmittou sold in the 90s, the stadium is the forerunner of the attributes which characterize the finest parks of today. The grandstand’s sightlines are the nearest to the infield ever created, so much so, it’s now against baseball law to have seats that close. Their massive guitar scoreboard was the first of a kind in the minors for its outlandishness.

Wisely and naturally, Nashville was the first to install a state-of-the-art ballpark sound system. It was among the first to develop an upscale restaurant above the grandstand. Their press box was the first in the minors to be large and modern. In fact, it can also be said that it was the first to have sold its naming rights. In memorial to Herschel Greer, a past Nashville baseball executive, Schmittou granted his family the lifetime honor in return for $25,000 to help with his construction.



Eventually, Greer Stadium will pass. But for the baseball culturist who savors the game’s history, this is the Godfather still standing gamely.

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