Sam Baugh Indoor Practice Facility and Cox Field History
The Sam Baugh Indoor Practice Facility and Cox Field was dedicated to the TCU Athletics Department on May 10, 2007, and provides Horned Frog student-athletes with one of the best indoor practice facilities in all of collegiate athletics.
Following a $7-million gift from the Jane and John Justin Foundation and Cox Family, the Sam Baugh Indoor Practice Facility and Cox Field is an 80,000-square foot complex that features an 80-yard field with a regulation 52-yard width and two full end zones. The climate-controlled facility measures 60 feet from turf to the highest point of its vaulted ceiling, which allows for all passing and kicking drills.
Widely-recognized around the country as a model for future indoor facilities, the Linbeck Group was awarded with the 2008 AGC/Quoin Summit Merit Award sponsored by the Association of General Contractors for their efforts. A long-time partner of TCU Athletics, the Linbeck Group received the honor for developing the project to TCU's satisfaction and recruiting needs while overcoming the adversity of several weather-related obstacles, including 42 days of down time during the wettest year on record in Fort Worth.
The Sam Baugh Indoor Practice Facility and Cox Field was designed by Hahnfeld Hoffer Stanford.
The Legacy of Slingin' Sammy Baugh
The Sam Baugh Indoor Practice Facility is named after one of the greatest players in TCU as well as NFL history - Slingin' Sammy Baugh. During the 1935 campaign, Baugh led the 12-1 Frogs to their first-ever national championship following a Sugar Bowl victory over LSU. It would be the first of two national titles that the Frogs would capture in a four-year span.
In his final collegiate game, Baugh guided the Frogs to a 16-6 victory over Marquette in the inaugural Cotton Bowl Game on January 1, 1937 and helped TCU cap off a 9-2-2 overall record. The former quarterback presided over the Golden Era of TCU Football and guided the Frogs to 29 victories during his collegiate career.
A first-round pick of the Washington Redskins in 1937, Baugh became known as the first true passer in NFL history and became a major influence in the offensive revolution that swept professional football during the late 1930s and early 1940s. During his 16-year career with the Redskins, Baugh won a record six NFL passing titles to go along with seven trips to the All-NFL Team.
Baugh was considered one of the most versatile athletes in the NFL during his time as he also led the league in punting for four consecutive seasons and captured the passing, punting and interceptions title during the 1943 season.
Following the 1952 season, Baugh retired from the NFL. The former TCU legend stood next to the likes of Jim Thorpe, George Halas, Bronko Nagurski and Red Grange as part of the first-ever NFL Hall of Fame Class in 1963.