Paul "Sleepy" Richards devoted a half-century of his life to baseball with great success at every level. Richards played on Waxahachie High School teams that won 65 consecutive games from 1924 to 1927. He signed his first pro baseball contract with the Brooklyn Dodgers, but it was only after Richards switched from third baseman to catcher that he achieved major-league success. His playing career ended in 1945 after winning the World Series for Detroit with a bases-loaded triple in the seventh game against the Chicago Cubs. He continued his career as a manager for the Chicago White Sox (1951-1954) and the Baltimore Orioles (1955-1961). He was known as an astute tactician who had the ability to revive the careers of veteran pitchers. Richards was inducted into the Texas Sports Hall of Fame in 1959.