During their return trip to Nashville after a first-time visit together to historic Wrigley Field in 2002, Skip Nipper and his father Virgil began to talk about how the Chicago Cubs ballpark reminded his dad of Nashville's old Sulphur Dell. Upon their return, Skip discovered that there was little or no internet information about the old ballpark that was home to the Nashville Vols, Nashville Elite Giants, Nashville Black Vols, major league exhibitions, and amateur games.
Gathering information became a passion for Skip, and soon a new Web Site was born.
As the Site began to grow, a multitude of information, photos, and statistics on the teams was continually added. Skip was soon contacted by many who enjoyed the new venture and wanted to share their special memories, and an "I remember..." page was added so that those memories could be posted for all visitors to enjoy.
About Skip Nipper
Skip Nipper was born and raised in Nashville. His interest in local baseball
is deeply-rooted in his life-long love for The National Game,
interlaced with fond memories of Nashville’s famous ballpark, Sulphur Dell,
shared by others through www.sulphurdell.com.
About Baseball in Nashville (Arcadia Publishing)
As many memories of Sulphur Dell were limited to a generation that did not have access to the internet, Skip Nipper soon began to search for an opportunity to have a reasonably-priced book published to expand the history of the ballpark and the teams that played there. Arcadia Publishing's "Images of Baseball" series was the natural choice, and in 2006 Nipper began the process of writing and adding captions to accumulated photos.
In March of 2007, Baseball in Nashville came to fruition, and although it gives a broad summary of Nashville's baseball history, it is considered by Nipper as a testament to the players, teams, and fans who have comprised Nashville's baseball traditions for over 150 years.
He took great delight in compiling this photographic compilation of Nashville’s illustrious baseball history. He hopes that Baseball in Nashville will rekindle memories for baseball fans in the Nashville area and that his publication does justice to Nashville’s baseball past. Nipper regards the book as a present to his father, Virgil Nipper, who laid the foundation for his own memories through suppertime discussions and backyard practices.