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Fort Worth Flashback: 1949 flood ravaged LaGrave Field

Posted May 19, 2014

1949 flood-LaGrave Field aerial view

LaGrave Field opened in 1926, replacing Panther Park, which opened in 1900 and was on the west side of North Main Street, a few blocks from the eventual LaGrave Field. Panther Park, in turn, had replaced Hayne’s Park near downtown.

Early in the 1949 season, on May 15-16, the ballpark was attacked on several fronts, first by a destructive fire and then by rains and floods.

An estimated 11 inches of rain fell overnight May 16, 1949, on the Clear Fork’s watershed southwest of the city. The 1949 flood surpassed landmark floods of 1908 and 1922. Ten people were killed and property damage exceeded $11 million.

LaGrave Field was rebuilt and rededicated in time for the 1950 season.

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