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

Henry Curry

1890 - 1962

 
 
Henry Curry Marker image. Click for full size.
Photographed By Larry D. Moore, June 10, 2020
1. Henry Curry Marker
Inscription.  
"Baseball happens to be my hobby"
"I wouldn't trade hobbies with any man"
Henry Curry, from 1927-1961, became the catalyst for baseball activity in Waxahachie and Ellis County. He expended his time, energy, expertise and money for baseball activities as an organizer, sponsor, manager, coach, schedule maker, registrar of teams, transporter of his teams and local spokesman for the game. he provided uniforms and equipment for his teams; His businesses Trinity Pharmacy and Curry Brothers, served as baseball central for the community. He was the backbone of baseball success for Waxahachie.

Henry Curry and Paul Richards spearheaded a local campaign in February 1946 to bring baseball back to Waxahachie (after several years of absence) with the construction of a playing field, stands, parking, a lighted field and a terrace system. Shortly, the Paul Richards Park emerged at the site of old Jungle Park. By April the park hosted its first game.

Curry served as the chairman and treasurer of the non-profit park company formed with directors Curry, Richards, Homer Robnett, Jim O'Neal, Bill Howard, Brown
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Chiles, Bruce Allen and Odell Whitesell to build and operate Richards Park.

Curry, in his role as chairman-treasurer of the park committee, supervised the planning, arranging for and directing on-site construction work at Richards Park. Curry became the go-to person and spokesman in things connected with Richards Park during that first year and thereafter until 1956 when the Waxahachie schools leased the park.

In the spring of 1946 he resumed his sponsorship of boys baseball teams which continued until his death.
 
Topics. This historical marker is listed in these topic lists: Charity & Public WorkParks & Recreational AreasSports. A significant historical month for this entry is February 1946.
 
Location. 32° 23.176′ N, 96° 51.325′ W. Marker is in Waxahachie, Texas, in Ellis County. Marker can be reached from South Hawkins Street south of Railroad Street, on the left when traveling south. Touch for map. Marker is at or near this postal address: 301 S Hawkins, 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. Paul Richards Park (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
Henry Curry Marker Area image. Click for full size.
Photographed By Larry D. Moore, June 10, 2020
2. Henry Curry Marker Area
(approx. ¼ mile away); Ellis County Woman's Building (Davis Hall) (approx. ¼ mile away); Homesite of Dr. D.G. Thompson (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 29, 2020. It was originally submitted on June 29, 2020, by Larry D. Moore of Del Valle, Texas. This page has been viewed 272 times since then and 34 times this year. Photos:   1, 2. submitted on June 29, 2020, by Larry D. Moore of Del Valle, Texas.

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