At one time deer and buffalo searched out the area known by pioneers as French Lick Springs, and as the population began to grow, Nashville’s citizens made the former watering and trading spot their picnic and recreation grounds. Nearby was also a natural sulphur spring that people sought out, and residents filled their empty containers with the odorous liquid to use for its medicinal qualities or took a drink right from the spring at Sulphur Springs Bottom.
Eventually citizens met there for sports activities and baseball became their favorite diversion. A portion of the grounds was designated as Athletic Park, as the need arose for a specific area to play the popular game. Interests in baseball grew throughout America and as the first professional baseball leagues flourished, the first local amateur and semi-pro teams in Nashville were formed.
The first Nashville professional team joined the newly-formed Southern League in 1885 and was known as the Nashville Americans. Thus began Nashville’s history of organized baseball activity.