Sulphur Dell

From BR Bullpen

Sulphur Dell in Nashville, Tennessee was home to the Nashville Volunteers of the Southern Association from 1901 to 1961 as well as a team of the same name in the South Atlantic League in 1963. It was also the home park of the Nashville Elite Giants of the Negro National League in 1933 and 1934.

Originally built in the 19th Century and known as Athletic Park, Sulphur Dell was located close to the Cumberland River. Its name came from the nearby sulphur spring, and it earned the nickname "The Dump" because a nearby city dump's smells often permeated the park.

The most unique characteristic of Sulphur Dell was its distinct, hilly outfield. Right field was considerably sloped with a 10-foot-wide shelf 224 feet from home plate which created a unique reference to right fielders being known as "mountain goats". The dimensions of Sulphur Dell was 334' down the left field line, 421' at center field, and 262' down right.

Due to the contour of the ballpark, if the right fielder stood at the base of the fence he was standing 22 1/2' above the playing surface.

Further Reading[edit]

  • Bill Traughber: Nashville Baseball History: From Sulphur Dell to the Sounds, Summer Game Books, South Orange, NJ, 2017. ISBN 978-1-938545-83-2

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