Richards Field (Waxahachie, TX)

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Richards Park is a baseball field located in Waxahachie, TX, located about 20 miles south of a line between Dallas and Fort Worth. It was originally named Jungle Park, [1] but in 1946 it was named after former major league player and manager Paul Richards. It opened before 1914, has been renovated many times since its beginning, and was the home to some Major League teams for Spring Training in the early 20th Century. It is still in use today. The capacity is approximately 1,500 spectators.[2]


Richards Park was home to the Waxahachie Buffaloes of the Central Texas League in 1914 and Waxahachie Athletics also of the Central Texas League from 1915 to 1916.[3]

The facility also hosted Spring Training for the Detroit Tigers from 1916 to 1918, Cincinnati Reds in 1919, and the Chicago White Sox in 1921. (Prior to Florida and Arizona becoming established as the primary locations for spring training, major league teams used various sites from Indiana to Texas. One of the sites they chose was this field in Waxahachie, adjacent to the city cemetery, which had been used for a Class D team for a few seasons.) It is currently home to the Waxahachie High School baseball team.


  1. ^, Marcus S. Marion |. "THE HOUSE THAT PAUL BUILT: Waxahachie honors 100 years of city's beloved sports landmark". Waxahachie Daily Light. Retrieved 2018-01-27.
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Coordinates: 32°23′09″N 96°51′19″W / 32.385818°N 96.855255°W / 32.385818; -96.8552553.