My interest in Sulphur Dell really began in 2002, after Dad and I visited Wrigley Field in Chicago together for the first time. During our return home he began to tell me what he remembered about the old ballpark in Nashville that had been torn down in 1969.
Searching on the Internet, there was very little about Sulphur Dell, and http://www.sulphurdell.com soon followed so I could post photos, articles, and memories online so that others would not run into the roadblocks that I faced. After the website was up and running, interest in the long-forgotten ballpark began to blossom.
In 2003 I was able to secure a booth at Oktoberfest in Germantown, as the ballpark was located only a few blocks away. Jean Wallace and the staff of the event were terrific in supporting me as I sold Sulphur Dell and Nashville Vols Baseball t-shirts, caps, and other items.
It has been a wonderful experience – I hope not only for me – but hopefully for those who have memories to share. There are also many who have no idea what Sulphur Dell was, where it was located, or why it was torn down.
The most enjoyable part of my Ockoberfest Saturday is telling what I know. If I sell a t-shirt, great – it helps to pay the website fees. But is most important to me that folks walk away having learned something about the ballpark that so many loved.
Tomorrow, October 12th, Oktoberfest will crank up around 9 AM. I’ll be there again. If you have a story to tell, I’ll be there to listen. If you want to purchase a cap or t-shirt, I can take care of you.
This year I’ll display some of my Sulphur Dell and Nashville Vols Baseball collection to whet your appetite and maybe bring back a memory or two. If you have something you’d like to share with me, please bring it by, I’d love to take a look.
Tomorrow night I will summarize the day’s events, so I hope you will return tomorrow night and take a look. Better yet, please come by Oktoberfest and say ‘hello’!