Ed was the first person to purchase a season ticket for Nashville Sounds games when the team began playing at Greer Stadium in 1978 according to Farrell Owens, the first Sounds general manager.
A man whose life is rooted in the local sandlots, Farrell Owens fondly relates a gesture from his father which begins his baseball story, "In the summer of '56, my dad bought me a first baseman's mitt at Friedman's on Charlotte Avenue after I did not make the team I had tried out for.
It was my first year to try to play organized amateur baseball and I was really down."
"That new mitt really picked me up.
I played all summer in the neighborhood with that glove", says Farrell.
Farrell's playing career began in Junior Knothole baseball playing for the West Side Parts team as a twelve-year-old in the summer of 1957.
The next year, his team was Holder-Northern Lumber Company in the Senior Knothole League.
In 1959 he played for them again, and in 1960 the team was sponsored by Pettus-Owen-Wood Funeral Home.
He did not play the next summer of 1961.
As a sixteen-year-old he had been a member of the Cohn High School team, but he chose to help his father coach the Cohn Men's Club team in Senior Knothole ball.
That team won the city's league championship.
However, he played for two teams during the summer of 1962 at the age of seventeen: for Green Hills Merchants in the Larry Gilbert League and for Post 5 in American Legion ball.
Farrell was selected as a Gilbert League All Star in 1963; the All Star game was played at Sulphur Dell.
At the age of 19 he played for the Lipscomb College entry in the City League.
While at Cohn, Farrell was named to the first team of Nashville's All-City baseball team.
Upon graduation in 1963, he went to Lipscomb to play baseball, becoming a starter on the 1964 team but transferred to Austin Peay in the fall.
Realizing he had made a mistake in transferring, Farrell made the move back to Lipscomb with the blessing of legendary head baseball coach Ken Dugan who told Farrell, "I would be happy to have you back".
Dugan was a mentor to Farrell.
Farrell was center fielder on that team.
As a senior in 1968 Farrell gained national notoriety by pulling an unassisted double play as an outfielder against arch-rival Belmont.
In 1992 Farrell was inducted into the Lipscomb University Athletic Hall of Fame.
During his college career, Farrell played during the summer for the Coursey's BBQ team in the Tri-State League.
The team competed as a member of the 19-and-over Stan Musial Division, a part of the American Amateur Baseball Congress (AABC).
Coursey's qualified for the Stan Musial World Series in Battle Creek, Michigan.
The team won one and lost two in the tournament and Farrell led the tournament with a .397 average.
By 1969 Farrell was coaching high school baseball and continuing to play in sandlot baseball in the Tri-State League but this time for a new team, Tennessee Pride Eggs, sponsored by the company's owner, Herman Bullock.
Farrell was Tri-State League Player of the Year in 1969, batting .456.
His last year to play was 1972.
He began to manage the Haury & Smith Construction team in 1973 and led the team to the state championship in Knoxville.
Farrell relates the story:
It was in the fall of 1976 when Larry Schmittou called upon Farrell to begin organizing what would become the Nashville Sounds professional minor league team.
That year Farrell was inducted into the Nashville Amateur Baseball Hall of Fame by the Nashville Old Timers Baseball Association and he helped to establish a new amateur league in Nashville, the Kerby Farrell League.
Leaving teaching and coaching in 1978 to help found the Nashville Sounds, he served as Vice President and General Manager for five years.
The new venture became a member of the Southern League (AA) and an affiliate of the Cincinnati Reds.
At one time Farrell owned a part of four minor league teams.
In 1989 Farrell began an amateur baseball newspaper, "The Sandlotter", covering play in the Greater Nashville Amateur Baseball Association (GNABA).
No longer a publication, his venture became an internet source in 1997 and is now accessed online at www.sandlotter.com.
It covers the SANDLOTT Mid-State League.
A lifelong Nashvillian, Farrell became a baseball player, coach, instructor, mentor, teacher, and former professional baseball executive.He served as president of the Nashville Old Timers during 1987-1988 and continues to serve on the board of directors and executive commitee.His life has impacted many other players and friends.
His counsel continues to guide and mold lives today as an authority on Nashville's baseball history.
"I have learned that there is a romantic aspect to teaching and talking about baseball.
Everyone lends an ear to it", he says.
Farrell has two daughters, Paige and Ashley, and one granddaughter Charlotte who was born in February of 2012.
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