Nashville’s rich baseball history includes the Nashville Cubs which played from 1945-1951 as a member of the Negro Southern League. They were originally called the Nashville Black Vols but changed to the Cubs in 1946. They played their home games at Sulphur Dell which is now the same site of First Tennessee Park for the Nashville Sounds.
On April 6, 1947 the Cubs beat their parent Baltimore Elite Giants at Sulphur Dell, 5-1, in the first exhibition game of the season.
First baseman-outfielder Clinton “Butch” McCord was one of the Cubs best player in 1946. McCord went on to play for the Baltimore Elite Giants and Chicago American Giants.
The Cubs won the second half of the split season schedule in 1949. In most records, the Cubs were champions of the Negrol Southern League, there are a lot of questions about just who the Cubs defeated to claim the title. Records aren’t clear as to how the Cubs were deemed champions that season.