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Chiseled and Called

Brittany Dawn Nelson

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Have you ever walked through trial after trial questioning how much more you can endure? Have you ever doubted how in the world God would call you to something with your broken past lurking around every corner? Have you ever just doubted God? Well sis, this might be the podcast for you. The Bible tells us that the storms of life are inevitable in this lifetime. I’ll dare to say that when you jump into the deep end with Jesus, that’s actually where the waters get rough. But the storm set out ...
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The first ceremonial opening day “first pitch” took place in National Park, later to be named Griffith Stadium, on April 14, 1910, by William Howard Taft, preceding the game between the Philadelphia Athletics and Washington Nationals. It began a tradition by presidents, dignitaries, entertainers, and other special guests before games in the major l…
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Scrolling through online sources for baseball games (whether one word, “baseball,” or two “base ball,” every once in a while I come across something with added interest. I am going to take you back to October of 1868, Saturday, the 3rd, and then fast-forward to an article in the Sunday, July 10, 1927 edition of the Nashville Banner, entitled “C. S.…
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Hey CC fam! You hear me talk about it all the time: our ears are a gateway to our soul. What we choose to listen to, the music we entertain and what we consume on a daily basis directly impact our life… whether we choose to believe that or not. I have been looking forward to today’s podcast on Chiseled and Called for quite some time, and we finally…
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Before Dick Sisler was Nashville Vols manager, his claim to fame was secured several years before as a member of the Philadelphia Phillies. In a previous episode I told about his career and events during his Nashville tenure. But his feat on October 1, 1950, his home run that sealed the National League pennant, broke the spell of expectations for t…
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Hey CC fam! You hear me talk about it all the time: our ears are a gateway to our soul. What we choose to listen to, the music we entertain and what we consume on a daily basis directly impact our life… whether we choose to believe that or not. I have been looking forward to today’s podcast on Chiseled and Called for quite some time, and we finally…
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Tom Wilson built a ballpark for his Nashville Elite Giants and opened it in time for the 1929 Negro Southern League season. It became an venue for not only baseball, but family gatherings, festivals, and all sorts of events for all people, Black or White. In this episode, I give background about Tom Wilson's life, including when he demolished his b…
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Hey fam! Have you ever been in a situation that felt toxic, uncomfortable, or made you feel cornered? Have you ever felt manipulated or persuaded into doing something you didn’t want to do? If so, this episode is for you. Today I have Dr. Alison Cook on the podcast and we dive into some heavy hitting topics that most of us can relate to. Some talki…
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I want to tell you about a great baseball player who came out of the ranks of the Nashville Interscholastic League and made his way to the major leagues for nine seasons and had about as much talent as anyone who came out of Nashville. That player was Bobby Tillman, a 6’4” right-hander, signed out of Middle Tennessee State College by Red Sox scout,…
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It’s safe to say that most of us have dabbled in either yoga, astrology, sage, horoscopes, or some other New Age ‘beliefs’ without even realizing the repercussions that could potentially come. Tailah Scroggins opens up in today’s episode about her testimony from New Age to Christ – and all the encounters she had along the way. If you’ve ever questi…
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Even though the Nashville franchise would exist until the demise of the Southern Association after the 1961 season, the handwriting was on the wall. The excitement of a new era of Nashville baseball possibly being ushered in for 1955 seemed fleeting, even with a new Vols/Reds affiliation. Were the opening-day rainouts the precursor to the last year…
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My favorite co-host (aka my husband) is back today to do a Q&A with me and we are diving into all things fertility. You all asked us some incredible questions… and we are here to answer them. Everything from our thoughts on showing your kids on social media and how we plan to navigate that, to walking through IUI and adoption and our wild male fact…
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Negro Leaguers statistics for past years have been elevated equal to that of Major League players. Not all years, but in particular, seven leagues for various seasons. No easy task for researchers and historians who have been working on this project, it now brings to light the on-the-field efforts of many Black baseball players, as the stats now ch…
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For the girl who’s dealing with societal pressures, body image struggles, and seeking validation from external sources: this episode is for you. There's power and transformation through surrender to God's will for healing. My guest, Angelic Bonderenko, shares a powerful testimony of just that! From her past as a stripper to battling depression and …
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This week I wondered about the number of knuckleball pitchers with a Nashville connection. I have seen videos of thrown knuckleballs with little or no rotation, haven’t you? Besides kids in your neighborhood, or having a catch in Little League practice, how many of them were thrown by someone with a connection to Music City? In this episode, I tell…
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For the one who is walking through a painful journey of trying-to-conceive. For the one who isn’t sure how their journey to parenthood is going to play out: this episode is for you. There are few words to describe the pain that comes with any loss or infertility on your TTC journey… and my prayer is that this episode will encourage you. At some poi…
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Once the Civil War was over, local teams began to flourish in Nashville. These base ball clubs formed the foundation of future teams in the late 19th Century, including the non-professional Nashville Maroons. One of the claims for the earliest teams included a long-time battery, Robert "Lefty" Corbitt and Ed Mrzena, in 1891. I have the photograph t…
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Hey girl, welcome back! I’m so glad you’re here. Have you ever read a self-help book… but still felt like you were at the end of yourself? Have you ever tried doing things in your own strength only to come up short? Today we are talking about the toxic reality of this ‘self help’ culture we live in and Becky Kiser brings an incredible perspective t…
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Today’s subject is the Chinese University of Hawai‘i and its baseball team – in 1914. I am sure you are wondering what this team has to do with Nashville, and I know you know I always talk about Nashville’s baseball connections. There is one. Vandy’s 1914 baseball schedule listed May 18 and 19 against the “Chinese Team of Hawaii.” Wait a minute. Di…
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This one is for the girl who has been there, too. Maybe unknowingly, or perhaps you proudly wore the ‘witchcraft’ badge of honor. Either way, Jesus can save you… too. Ashley Jones shares her powerful testimony today, and it’s easily one of the most incredible ones that I’ve ever heard. There’s no denying that New Age beliefs and practices are runni…
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In a rare occurrence, the pennant-deciding game between Nashville and New Orleans on the last day of the 1908 season was halted in the middle of the seventh inning for a ceremony to honor Nashville’s most popular player: Doc Wiseman. He was awarded a gold pocket watch for eight years playing with the local team. It was inscribed with the following:…
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If you’re someone who has embraced the yoga lifestyle… I get it. I’ve been there before too, and so has today’s guest, Angela Scafidi. As a Christian, it is more crucial than ever to be able to discern what is disguised as truth and in reality… is actually a counterfeit. In today’s episode, Angela shares her testimony of how she went from New Age b…
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Sulphur Dell was not just a baseball venue. Concerts by Tex Ritter, Jackie Wilson, and James Brown were held at what was Nashville's event center. Dick Clark’s Cavalcade of Stars, Esther Williams’ Water Follies, and the Shrine Circus drew large crowds, and barn-storming baseball exhibitions were held at the memorable ballpark before its demise. In …
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God is so faithful to speak when we are willing to listen… and we are over the moon excited to share this special news with you all! It’s been a long journey on this road to becoming parents, and adoption has always been on our heart. God has been so faithful to speak to us and guide our footsteps thus far. We trust that His plan is perfect, His ti…
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I wrote a story this past week about Jeff Peeples, one of the most dominating athletes ever from Nashville. If you would like to read it, you can find it at baseballinnashville.com. In writing that story it brought back memories I have of playing as a 15-year-old in the Nashville Babe Ruth League. Today, I can look back on that season as a special …
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This episode is for the girl who needs that nudge to step out and do what God has asked her to do. This episode is for the girl who knows God asked her to start that business, pursue that new goal, and do that NEW thing… but is afraid. I have Cayla Craft on the podcast to share all about living the life that God has for you. Some things that we dis…
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In what must be one of baseball’s most productive offensive games ever in Sulphur Dell, Chattanooga outlasted Nashville, 24-17, in the second game of a doubleheader on Wednesday, June 12, 1946. Nashville won the first game that day by a score of 4-3, but the nightcap was one for the record books. Listen as I tell about this and other high-scoring g…
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Hey girl, hey! I’m so glad you’re here and chances are if you’re listening in, you’ve experienced some heartbreaking relationships – been there, done that. Our hope today is to share some of our green flags aka good things and characteristics to look for in a dating relationship. A few of our talking points today include: Healthy boundaries and wha…
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Have you ever wondered what ballplayers did during the off-season back in the day when salaries were not exorbitant like they are now? What did Nashville Vols do in the offseason? In this episode, hear how players would be spending their winter once the 1952 Southern Association season ended! Want to stay in touch? Find me here: Twitter: Skip's Cor…
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This one is for the girl who is curious if that “thing” she noticed in her significant other is a red flag… or not. My husband, Jordan, and I dive into a list of topics that we consider to be ‘red flags’ as a Christian in the dating scene. While we are no professionals with this matter by any means, we have navigated quite a few sticky situations p…
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Hugh Hill was born on July 21, 1879, in Ringgold, Georgia, and signed with Newt Fisher’s 1901 Nashville baseball club in the inaugural season of the Southern Association. As a pitcher, he won six games while losing five, playing in 51 games because he was also an outfielder. The ball club won the pennant that season, and when 1902 rolled around, Fi…
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This one is for the single girl who feels hopeless, forgotten, and left behind: God is doing a new thing for you, you might just not see it yet. In today’s episode, Ryan Wekenman shares his heart on singleness and trusting God’s plan in the middle of it all. Some topics that are discussed in today’s podcast are: Finding contentment in your singlene…
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Today, April 1st, marks a day of notoriety all its own. I have heard of pranks on April Fool’s Day that run the gamut, and if you have had fun with it, been the butt of a joke, or if you have made a family member mad, it is a fun day in most cases. Unless it is taken to an extreme, which I do not forgive. Some are funny. Others? Not so much. Baseba…
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Hey girl: if you are struggling with waiting on His plan for your life... this episode is for you. Brittany Dawn and Ashley Hetherington discuss the topic of waiting on God's timing, the importance of surrendering to His plan, and finding joy in the waiting season. How there is purpose to be found within the waiting. In this conversation, Ashley an…
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It was going to be the trip of a lifetime, and boy, was I excited about it. For most of my life, I had dreamed of visiting Cooperstown, and finally, it was going to happen. In this episode, I tell about a special visit that rivals two spring training trips, MLB World Series and All-Star games, and the birth of all four of my children. Well, maybe n…
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My absolute favorite podcast guest is back today... my husband! We are diving into all things marriage, and some of these questions were a bit spicy. These Q&A episodes are so much fun for us, and we are grateful at the opportunity to share a little bit of what we've learned along the way. We love you all so much, thanks for stopping in! If you guy…
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Tennessean sports editor Dave Ammenheuser coordinated a spring training trip in 2016, and I tagged along with high school teammate Bart Leathers and everyone’s “Mr. Nashville Baseball”, Farrell Owens (both deceased). Dave has moved on to various assignments, but eight years later, here we are to talk about that great six-games-in-five days “immacul…
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Leigh-Allyn Baker, an actress known for her role in Good Luck Charlie, shares her journey of being bold in Hollywood and questioning mandates. She discusses the backlash she faced, standing firm in her beliefs, and the need for God in our country. Our conversation also delves into the topic of vaccine injuries, our parental rights, and the importan…
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Betty-Jane Taylor and I have known each other through her husband Larry, who not only played for the Nashville Vols, but was basketball and baseball coach at Berry College in Rome, Georgia. Larry passed away not quite two years ago, on April 21, 2022, at the age of 91. He was a good baseball friend and loyal member of the Nashville Old Timers Baseb…
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Tony Rankin loves the game of baseball as much as anybody, both as an autograph collector and with a passion for its purpose. A clinical therapist, speaker, and author, in this Skip’s Corner episode Tony explains how we like to remember things that take us back to a fun place in life that we don’t necessarily have today when he says: “Baseball is t…
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Are you in need of a miracle? Do you feel hopeless, as if what you've been praying for is never going to happen? Do you have crazy faith for the impossible? Today's episode with Pastor Matt Brown is all about miracles, and how the God we serve is STILL the miracle working God. In his book, Every Day A Miracle, he shares of the testimonies he has wi…
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As we bring Black History Month to an end, I want you to know about a special player with a special talent. Ray Dandridge never had the chance to play in the majors, but the record shows he was clearly one of the greatest third basemen of all time. And, he had a brief connection to Nashville baseball. Elected to the National Baseball Hall of Fame i…
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If you have ever felt hopeless, stuck, or like you couldn't get set free from the weight that is pulling you down... this episode is for you. We are diving into all things deliverance with Jessi Green, and what an honor it is to have her on today's episode. We all have a past, and no matter what you've walked through or where you've been... you are…
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If you have never been to the Tennessee Sports Hall of Fame, it is worth a few hours of your time. It honors athletes, teams, coaches, sportswriters, and sports executives for their contributions to sports in our state. In celebraton of Black History Month, it is important to highlight inductees who played Negro Leagues baseball, and to call attent…
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If you've been on a modesty journey, or have been feeling convicted lately over the way you dress, this episode is for you! We are diving into the somewhat controversial topic of modesty today, and I have no doubt this is going to encourage you to press in a little bit more. I've been embarking on a beautiful journey with Him in regards to modesty.…
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Clinton “Butch” McCord was destined to be one of baseball’s greatest players. The color of one’s skin was a factor in many baseball careers throughout the United States, and Butch ran into many roadblocks along the way, too. But never did he let them get him down. I have spoken about Butch many times, but never have I made him the subject of an ent…
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We've all been there before at one point in our walk with the Lord or another. You start praying, but you're overwhelmed with "am I saying the right words?" or "is God going to hear my prayers?" Let me be the first to tell you that you don't have to have 'all the right words' and that that alone should put your mind at ease! In today's episode, we …
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Michael Thurmon was one of the organizers of the Tennessee Vintage Base Ball Association. His love for history led him to study early base ball, as it was played in the middle of the 19th Century. Today, he has taken his love for The Game to coach a team of youngsters who he teaches baseball skills, but he goes a step further, too: He teaches him a…
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Today's episode is real, powerful, vulnerable, and all about unexplainable healing that we can experience only with God. Our special guest, Madie Hessler, shares her testimony of how God helped her break free from Trigger warning: we discuss sexual abuse in this episode, so if that is something you are not ready to listen to, please skip over to th…
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You are really going to enjoy this Nashville Baseball History podcast episode. Joey Hale, who coached the Southeast regional team from Goodlettsville to the 2012 Little League United States Championship, is my guest. He describes the journey to Williamsport and tells about each player. His passion for baseball and teaching youngsters the game is ev…
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I cannot believe that it's already 2024 -- where did the time go?! Whether your New Year has been off to a great start or a rocky one, I hope today's episode encourages you to dig in a little deeper to what God has for you. In this episode we dive into our year so far, most of which has included fasting. If you've ever considered doing a fast, we w…
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