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As a Cincinnati Reds affiliate in the Double-A Southern League, the Sounds finished 9th during their inaugural campaign in 1978 but easily led the league in attendance, drawing 380,000 fans (more than double the second-place attendance). The club returned with a resurgence the following season, leading the nation in minor league attendance and capturing the Southern League crown behind manager George Scherger. The Sounds beat cross-state rival Memphis for the Western Division title, then defeated Columbus for the SL championship. Pitcher Scott Brown captured the one honor that had eluded Nashville pitchers for years, winning the ERA title with a 2.40 mark.
The Sounds have been associated with some of the most prestigious baseball clubs.
|New York Yankees (1980-1984)|
|Detriot Tigers (1985-1986)|
|Cincinnati Reds (1987-1992)|
|Pittsburgh Pirates (1998-2004)|
|Milwaukee Brewers (2005-Present)|
The Sounds' affiliation with the Brewers started off on a high note as the club captured the 2005 Pacific Coast League championship, Nashville's first professional title since the Sounds' previous league crown in 1982 -- a span of 23 years. Piloted by Frank Kremblas and featuring top-flight prospects such as Rickie Weeks, Prince Fielder, and Corey Hart, the Sounds won the PCL American Conference Northern Division on the second-to-last day of the season then went on to defeat Oklahoma (3-2) and Tacoma (3-0) during their postseason run.
Nashville repeated as division champions in 2006 and made its third playoff appearance in four seasons. The club was managed again by Kremblas and featured four PCL mid-season All-Stars: starting pitcher Ben Hendrickson, catcher Mike Rivera, and outfielders Nelson Cruz and Tony Gwynn, who shared team co-MVP honors
Two rarities occurred during the 2006 season. On July 15, three pitchers (Carlos Villanueva, Mike Meyers, and Alec Zumwalt) combined on a no-hitter against the Memphis Redbirds, the Sounds' first combined no-no in franchise history. On May 5 & 6, Nashville and the New Orleans Zephyrs tied a Pacific Coast League record by playing a 24-inning marathon, the longest game in both teams' histories.
The 2007 Sounds co-led Minor League Baseball with 89 victories as Nashville captured its third consecutive division title. The team received plenty of accolades throughout the year. Manager Frank Kremblas was voted Pacific Coast League Manager-of-the-Year while Nashville native R.A. Dickey earned league Pitcher-of-the-Year honors after posting a circuit-best 13 wins. Catcher Vinny Rottino and pitchers Steve Bray and Chris Oxspring were voted to the mid-season PCL All-Star squad, and Dickey and fellow starting pitcher Adam Pettyjohn were named to the All-PCL Team at the conclusion of the year.
The highlight of the 2007 campaign came when left-hander Manny Parra made an immediate impact on the first-place Sounds after joining the club in mid-June. The 24-year-old hurler matched Wasdin's tremendous effort by hurling the second perfect game in franchise history on June 25 at Round Rock. The achievement was later voted as the Minor League Baseball Performance Of The Year.
Of the 855 players to appear in at least one game for the Nashville Sounds since 1978, over 500 of them have gone on to play in the major leagues and 39 Sounds players have been named to their league's post-season All-Star unit.
The Sounds have retired two numbers in their history: outfielder Skeeter Barnes' #00 and first baseman Don Mattingly's #18
Jackie Robinson's #42 is also officially retired throughout professional baseball per the decree of MLB commissioner Bud Selig on April 15, 1997.