Tom Wilson Park 3A 198 - Nashville TN
Posted by: Groundspeak Regular Member Don.Morfe
N 36° 08.717 W 086° 45.855
16S E 521208 N 4000088
Quick Description: Formerly located near this site was Tom Wilson Park. It opened in 1929 and was home to the Nashville Elite Giants baseball team of the Southern Negro League.
Location: Tennessee, United States
Date Posted: 10/20/2020 8:55:51 PM
Waymark Code: WM139RF
Published By: Groundspeak Premium Member Titansfan
Views: 3

Long Description:
(Side 1)Tom Wilson Park 1929-1946 Formerly located near this site was Tom Wilson Park. It opened in 1929 and was home to the Nashville Elite Giants baseball team of the Southern Negro League. Owned by Thomas T. Wilson, the facility was one of two African-American owned professional ballparks. Wilson Park also hosted spring training sessions for the Nashville Vols. a minor league team of the Southern Association. Spring training games brought such baseball greats as Babe Ruth, Lou Gehrig, and Roy Campanella to the park. In 1946, Tom Wilson resigned and discontinued all ball activities at Wilson Park.

Continued (side 2)
Thomas T. Wilson 1883-1947-Thomas T. Wilson, a businessman, sportsman, and founder of the Nashville Elite Giants, began his baseball association with the Nashville Maroons in 1909. He organized the Nashville Elite Giants in 1921. Besides being an owner, Wilson served as secretary and president of the Negro Southern League and vice chair , treasurer, and president of the Negro National League. After quitting baseball and ceasing ball activities at the park, he opened the Paradise Ballroom on the same site. Entertainers included Lionel Hampton, Cab Calloway and Sarah Vaughn.

NOTE: There is no photograph of side 2. It was omitted in error. If the next visitor to the side could take a photo and post it on this site, it would fill in the gap.
Marker Name: Tom Wilson Park

Marker Location: Roadside

Type of Marker: Park

Marker Number: 3A 198

Group(s) Responsible for placing Marker:
Tennessee Historical Commission


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