1936 Pittsburgh Pirates (NFL) season

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1936 Pittsburgh Pirates season
Head coach Joe Bach
Owner Art Rooney
Home field Forbes Field
Results
Record 6–6
Division place 2nd NFL Eastern
Playoff finish did not qualify
Timeline
Previous season Next season
1935 1937

The 1936 Pittsburgh Pirates season was the team's 4th season as a professional sports franchise and as a member of the National Football League (NFL). It was the second season under head coach Joe Bach; this was his last season as head coach until the 1952–53 season. This was the first season that the Pirates finished with a .500 record at 6–6, and finished 2nd in the Eastern division, their highest placement in team history. The team did not qualify for the NFL Championship game.

The Pirates played all of their home games at Forbes Field in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, except for one that was played at Point Stadium in Johnstown, Pennsylvania.

Offseason[edit]

1936 NFL Draft[edit]

Main article: 1936 NFL Draft
Pittsburgh Pirates 1936 NFL Draft selections
Draft order Player name Position College Notes
Round Choice Overall
1 3 3 Bill Shakespeare Halfback Notre Dame Did not play professional football
2 3 12 Len Barnum Quarterback West Virginia Wesleyan Never played for Pirates
3 3 21 Bobby Grayson Fullback Stanford Did not play professional football
4 3 30 Truman Spain Tackle Southern Methodist University
5 3 39 Wayne Sandefur Fullback Purdue University
6 3 48 Maurice Orr Tackle Southern Methodist University
7 3 57 Marty Peters Defensive End Notre Dame
8 3 66 Ed Karpowich Tackle Catholic University
9 3 75 Joe Meglen Back Georgetown University

Regular season[edit]

Schedule[edit]

Week Date Opponent Result
1 September 13, 1936 Boston Redskins W 10–0
2 September 23, 1936 at Brooklyn Dodgers W 10–6
3 September 27, 1936 New York Giants W 10–7
4 October 4, 1936 Chicago Bears L 27–9
6 October 14, 1936 Philadelphia Eagles W 17–0
6 October 18, 1936 at Chicago Bears L 26–7
7 October 25, 1936 at Green Bay Packers L 38–10
8 November 1, 1936 Brooklyn Dodgers W 10–7
9 November 5, 1936 at Philadelphia Eagles W 6–0
9 November 8, 1936 at Detroit Lions L 28–3
10 November 15, 1936 at Chicago Cardinals L 14–6
12 November 29, 1936 at Boston Redskins L 30–0


Standings[edit]

NFL Eastern
W L T PCT PF PA STK
Boston Redskins 7 5 0 .583 149 110 W-3
Pittsburgh Pirates 6 6 0 .500 98 187 L-3
New York Giants 5 6 1 .455 115 163 L-1
Brooklyn Dodgers 3 8 1 .273 92 161 L-1
Philadelphia Eagles 1 11 0 .083 51 206 L-11

Game summaries[edit]

Week 1 (Sunday September 13, 1936): Boston Redskins[edit]

1 2 3 4 Total
Redskins 0 0 0 0 0
Pirates 0 7 0 3 10

at Forbes Field, Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania

  • Game time:
  • Game weather:
  • Game attendance: 15,622
  • Referee:

Scoring Drives:

Week 2 (Wednesday September 23, 1936): Brooklyn Dodgers[edit]

1 2 3 4 Total
Pirates 7 3 0 0 10
Dodgers 0 0 0 6 6

at Ebbets Field, Brooklyn, New York

  • Game time:
  • Game weather:
  • Game attendance: 10,000
  • Referee:

Scoring Drives:

  • Pittsburgh – Strutt 3 run (Niccolai kick)
  • Pittsburgh – FG Niccolai 26
  • Brooklyn – Franklin 19 run (kick failed)

Week 3 (Sunday September 27, 1936): New York Giants[edit]

1 2 3 4 Total
Giants 0 0 7 0 7
Pirates 0 7 0 3 10

at Forbes Field, Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania

  • Game time:
  • Game weather:
  • Game attendance: 25,800
  • Referee:

Scoring Drives:

Week 4 (Sunday October 4, 1936): Chicago Bears[edit]

1 2 3 4 Total
Bears 7 7 13 0 27
Pirates 0 0 0 9 9

at Forbes Field, Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania

  • Game time:
  • Game weather:
  • Game attendance: 29,000
  • Referee:

Scoring Drives:

Week 6 (Wednesday October 14, 1936): Philadelphia Eagles[edit]

1 2 3 4 Total
Eagles 0 0 0 0 0
Pirates 7 0 10 0 17

at Forbes Field, Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania

  • Game time:
  • Game weather:
  • Game attendance: 10,042
  • Referee:

Scoring Drives:

Week 6 (Sunday October 18, 1936): Chicago Bears[edit]

1 2 3 4 Total
Pirates 0 7 0 0 7
Bears 6 6 0 14 26

at Wrigley FIeld, Chicago, Illinois

  • Game time:
  • Game weather:
  • Game attendance: 20,000
  • Referee:

Scoring Drives:

Week 7 (Sunday October 25, 1936): Green Bay Packers[edit]

1 2 3 4 Total
Pirates 3 0 0 7 10
Packers 3 21 14 0 38

at Wisconsin State Fair Park, Milwaukee, Wisconsin

  • Game time:
  • Game weather:
  • Game attendance: 10,000
  • Referee:

Scoring Drives:

Week 8 (Sunday November 1, 1936): Brooklyn Dodgers[edit]

1 2 3 4 Total
Dodgers 0 0 0 7 7
Pirates 3 0 7 0 10

at Forbes Field, Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania

  • Game time:
  • Game weather:
  • Game attendance: 10,000
  • Referee:

Scoring Drives:

Week 9 (Thursday November 5, 1936): Philadelphia Eagles[edit]

1 2 3 4 Total
Pirates 0 0 0 6 6
Eagles 0 0 0 0 0

at Point Stadium, Johnstown, Pennsylvania

  • Game time:
  • Game weather:
  • Game attendance: 7,891
  • Referee:

Scoring Drives:

Week 9 (Sunday November 8, 1936): Detroit Lions[edit]

1 2 3 4 Total
Pirates 3 0 0 0 3
Lions 0 21 0 7 28

at Titan Stadium, Detroit, Michigan

  • Game time:
  • Game weather:
  • Game attendance: 20,000
  • Referee:

Scoring Drives:

Week 10 (Sunday November 15, 1936): Chicago Cardinals[edit]

1 2 3 4 Total
Pirates 0 6 0 0 6
Cardinals 7 7 0 0 14

at Wrigley FIeld, Chicago, Illinois

  • Game time:
  • Game weather:
  • Game attendance: 3,856
  • Referee:

Scoring Drives:

Week 12 (Sunday November 29, 1936): Boston Redskins[edit]

1 2 3 4 Total
Pirates 0 0 0 0 0
Redskins 7 10 0 13 30

at Fenway Park, Boston, Massachusetts

  • Game time:
  • Game weather:
  • Game attendance: 7,000
  • Referee:

Scoring Drives:

References[edit]