Nashville Man Killed In Crash Friday Was Sounds Superfan Victor Coode

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Victor Coode, the Nashville Sounds superfan featured in a 2014 Tennessean article about the shuttering of Herschel Greer Stadium, has been named as the man killed in a crash on Harding Place on Friday night. Coode was 78.

Coode was killed after being struck by a vehicle being driven by Reybaz Abdullah, 19, of Nashville, in the crash near Danby Drive about 9:50 p.m., according to police.


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Coode had been traveling east on Harding Place in a 2005 Buick Lesabre and was making a left turn from the center lane when he was struck by Abdullah’s Audi A6. Police said it appeared that Abdullah was speeding. Two passengers in Coode’s car, including a 6-year-old child, were taken to a hospital with non-life threatening injuries. source

Police said there was no indication of alcohol or drug involvement in the crash.

In the 2014 Tennessean article, Coode was interviewed about his memories on the last day of play at the now defunct Herschel Greer Stadium.

Another fan staple figure of Greer, and good friend of Zimmerman’s, is longtime Sounds fan Victor Coode. Coode, 75, has had season tickets since the park opened in 1978. “I knew a fella that Schmittou had contacted who was interested in baseball,” Coode said. “And I got on a team for selling tickets (to build up the hype), and, of course, I bought two (season tickets) right behind the middle of the dugout.” He said he would sit with season ticket holder and Nashville native “Milkman” Jim Turner during the games. Turner pitched for the Boston Bees, Cincinnati Reds and New York Yankees in the 1930s and 1940s. Coode said that Turner would not flinch when the foul balls would whiz by his ears and slap on the Greer seats.

“A few years later I moved my seat back (near the concession stand) because I got too old to keep dodging baseballs,” Coode said.

Coode said the last time he was struck by one of Greer’s spontaneous souvenirs, it caught him on his chest near his left shoulder and he said, “That’s it, I’ve got to move.”

Our thoughts and prayers go out to the family and friends at this difficult time.

(PHOTO: George Walker IV / The Tennessean)

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