Started managing the Atlanta Crackers, a minor league team, in 1938 until 1942. During World War ll, Paul was a catcher with the Detroit Tigers. In 1950, he started managing the Chicago White Sox and his handling of young pitchers put them, in 1951, in fourth place. This was the highest finish for the White Sox in 9 years. The Chi Sox were 81-73. Again in 1952 they won 81 games, won 89 in 1953 and 91 in 1954, they ended in fourth place all four years. The Chi Sox could not best the Yankees, Indians or Red Sox. Richards moved on to Baltimore Orioles, managing them until 1961, when he became the first general manager of the Houston Colts. In 1966, Richards was off to the Atlanta Braves and was vice president of baseball operations until 1973. In 1976, he managed the White Sox again for one year.
Paul Richards was a great innovator and invented the pitching machine and the big catcher's mitt used to catch knuckle balls. He helped develop several young pitchers; Jack Harshman, Billy Pirece, Milt Pappas, Consuegra, Hoyt Wilhelm, O'Dell, and Dick Donovan into top pitchers. Paul Richards lifetime managing record was 923 wins and 901 loses. Richards landed jobs with last place teams and when they started to win, he would leave to start anew elsewhere. baseballhistorian.com