Baseball greats such as Duke Snider, Babe Ruth, Ted Williams, Willie Mays, and Lou Gehrig are more often associated with Cooperstown than Cowtown, but every one of those Hall of Famers set foot on Fort Worth’s LaGrave Field in its original incarnation. From the 1920s to the 1960s, LaGrave Field stood as the home of the Fort Worth Cats until the team disbanded in 1964; the field was torn down two years later. When Carl Bell, who had grown up attending Cats games, purchased the 14 acres where the original park once stood, baseball returned to Fort Worth. The new LaGrave Field was built in 2001 and opened in 2002 for the Cats’ first season in nearly 40 years.
The stadium can hold 5,250 fans, and each seat provides a clear view of downtown Fort Worth. It is also billed as the only park in baseball with four dugouts, preserving the two dugouts from original La Grave Field. Known as the Bobby Bragan Dugout Suite and the Paul LaGrave Dugout Suite, these prime spots can be rented out on a nightly basis for a field-level view of the action. Baseball buffs have to check out the sign outside the stadium that names every Baseball Hall of Famer that played or managed games at LaGrave Field.