About LaGrave Field
LaGrave Field was home to two eras in Fort Worth Cats minor league baseball, 1926-1964 and 2002-2014. The park has been the place to be in Fort Worth when it comes to baseball. Located just off of North Main Street between downtown and the Stockyards, the ballpark has a history unmatched in Texas.
As the Brooklyn Dodgers' Texas League affiliate, the Cats featured a number of players in the 1940s including Duke Snider, Carl Erskine, Eddie Chandler, Danny Ozark, Irv Noren, Cal Abrams, Joe Landrum, Bob Milken, Karl Spooner, Don Hoak Williard Ramdell and Ed Roebuck – all of whom would later play for the Dodgers. Brooklyn made frequent spots in Fort Worth to play the Cats in exhibition games. The big league club would bring stars like Jackie Robinson, Pee Wee Reese, Gil Hodges and Roy Campanella to face the local team.
One of the biggest draws each season came in the form of exhibition games when the Cats would play major league teams at LaGrave Field. Hall of Famers from the 1920s through the 1950s like Babe Ruth, Ty Cobb, Lou Gehrig, Joe DiMaggio, Ted Williams, Stan Musial and more played at LaGrave.
When minor league baseball returned to Fort Worth in the early 2000s, LaGrave Field was rebuilt. Starting in 2002, it was home to the new independent league Cats. Future major leaguers Max Scherzer, Luke Hochevar, Aaron Crow and Jermaine Van Buren all wore the Cats' uniform and took the mound while hundreds of thousands of people – a new generation of baseball fans – enjoyed beautiful summer events in the shadow of downtown Fort Worth.
The Cats maintained their winning legacy in Fort Worth, capturing three consecutive league championships from 2005-2007.
Professional baseball ceased at LaGrave following the 2014 season and the ballpark fell into disrepair. Now, there's an opportunity to once again breathe life into this historic baseball field.