The Nashville Sounds are a Minor League Baseball team of the Pacific Coast League. They are the Triple-A affiliate of the Texas Rangers. The Sounds have an all-time record of 6,087 regular season and postseason games, and a playoff record of 2,962–3,125. Nashville has served as a farm club for eight Major League Baseball franchises.
About Nashville Sounds in brief
The Nashville Sounds are a Minor League Baseball team of the Pacific Coast League. They are the Triple-A affiliate of the Texas Rangers. The team plays their home games at First Horizon Park, which opened in 2015 and is located on the site of the historic Sulphur Dell ballpark. The Sounds previously played at Herschel Greer Stadium from its opening in 1978 until the end of the 2014 season. Nashville has served as a farm club for eight Major League Baseball franchises. As of the cancellation of the 2020 season, their 43rd year in Nashville, the Sounds have played 6,004 regular season games and compiled a win–loss record of 3,083–2,921. They have a postseason record of 42–41. In 1887, Nashville’s Southern League team was called the Nashville Blues. The Nashville Tigers competed in the same league from 1893 to 1894. In 1895, the Nashville Seraphs won the city’s first professional championship in the Southern League. The city’s longest-operating baseball team, first known only as the Nashville Baseball Club and later renamed the Nashville Vols, was formed in 1901 as a charter member of the Southern Association. They remained in the league through 1961, winning eight pennants, nine playoff championships, and four Dixie Series titles. No team was fielded in 1962, but the Vols played one final season in the South Atlantic League in 1963. SulphUR Dell was demolished in 1969, and the city went without a professional baseball team for 14 years until 1978.
Larry Schmittou, head coach of the Vanderbilt Commodores baseball team from 1968 to 1978, was instrumental in bringing professional baseball back to Nashville. The new team was granted membership in the Double-A Southern League, which operated at the time in 1976. It was then called the Sounds in reference to the Nashville’s association with the music industry. A total of 29 managers have led the club and its over 1,300 players. The Sounds have an all-time record of 6,087 regular season and postseason games, and a playoff record of 2,962–3,125. They won five division titles, two conference titles, and one PCL championship. Their lone PCL title was won in 2005 as the triple-A affiliation of the Milwaukee Brewers. They were replaced by a Triple- A American Association team in 1985. Nashville rarely contended for the American Association championship, making only three appearances in the postseason during their 13-years in theleague. They became members of the Triple A Pacific Coast League in 1998 following the dissolution of the American Association after the 1997 season. The club was granted membership in 1976 in reference to the Cincinnati Reds’ farm director, Sheldon Bender, at the 1976 Winter Meetings. In 1979, the Reds landed the Sounds as a major league affiliate after meeting with Bender and general manager Farrell Owens at the Winter Meetings in Cincinnati. In 1982, the team was named the Sounds.