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Waxahachie in Ellis County, Texas — The American South (West South Central)
 

Paul Richards Park

 
 
Paul Richards Park Marker image. Click for full size.
Photographed By Larry D. Moore, June 10, 2020
1. Paul Richards Park Marker
Inscription.  This ballpark has hosted athletic events since the early 20th century. By 1914, local officials began planning for a field to attract a major league baseball team to train in Waxahachie. After various team representatives visited in 1915, local businessmen formed the Waxahachie Ball Park Association to raise funds. The Detroit Tigers decided to train here in 1916 if facilities were satisfactory.

Builders soon completed the field, known as Jungle Park. It included a grandstand and bleachers, and its field measured 360 feet down both foul lines and 412 feet from home plate to the center field fence. The Tigers trained here in 1916 and 1917, and the Chicago White Sox and Cincinnati Reds, as well as the Kansas City Blues of the American Association, followed in subsequent seasons. The Reds won the World Series the year they trained here (1919). The diamond also served as an athletic field for Waxahachie High School.

In 1922, when the Chamber of Commerce began managing the property, a flood damaged the site. Although the grandstand was dismantled and rebuilt at the high school campus in 1923, Jungle Park continued to be used
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by teams, including one organized by the Woodmen of the World; for a time the field was also known as Woodman Park. During World War II, it fell into disrepair until Waxahachie native Paul R. Richards, a major league player and manager, again stirred local interest for baseball. Renamed Paul Richards Park, the field reopened in 1946 with lights for night games and a terrace system to prevent flooding. In following years, many local teams and organizations have used the field, which the school district purchased in 1965.
 
Erected 2007 by Texas Historical Commission. (Marker Number 13956.)
 
Topics. This historical marker is listed in these topic lists: Parks & Recreational AreasSports. A significant historical year for this entry is 1914.
 
Location. 32° 23.182′ N, 96° 51.329′ W. Marker is in Waxahachie, Texas, in Ellis County. Marker is on South Hawkins Street south of Railroad Street, on the left when traveling south. Touch for map. Marker is in this post office area: Waxahachie TX 75165, United States of America. Touch for directions.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. Henry Curry (a few steps from this marker); Waxahachie City Cemetery (about 400 feet away, measured in a direct line); N. P. Sims Library and Lyceum (approx. ¼ mile away); The Mahoney-Thompson House (approx. ¼ mile away); First Presbyterian Church Building
Paul Richards Park Marker Area image. Click for full size.
Photographed By Larry D. Moore, June 10, 2020
2. Paul Richards Park Marker Area
(approx. ¼ mile away); Homesite of Dr. D.G. Thompson (approx. ¼ mile away); Ellis County Woman's Building (Davis Hall) (approx. ¼ mile away); M K & T Railroad (approx. 0.4 miles away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Waxahachie.
 
 
Credits. This page was last revised on June 13, 2020. It was originally submitted on June 13, 2020, by Larry D. Moore of Del Valle, Texas. This page has been viewed 394 times since then and 56 times this year. Photos:   1, 2. submitted on June 13, 2020, by Larry D. Moore of Del Valle, Texas.

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