1936 in baseball

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The following are the baseball events of the year 1936 throughout the world.  


Major League Baseball[edit]

Other champions[edit]

Awards and honors[edit]

MLB statistical leaders[edit]

  American League National League
Type Name Stat Name Stat
AVG Luke Appling CHW .388 Paul Waner PIT .373
HR Lou Gehrig NYY 49 Mel Ott NYG 33
RBI Hal Trosky CLE 162 Joe Medwick STL 138
Wins Tommy Bridges DET 23 Carl Hubbell NYG 26
ERA Lefty Grove BOS 2.81 Carl Hubbell NYG 2.31

Major league baseball final standings[edit]

American League final standings[edit]

American League
Club Wins Losses Win %   GB
New York Yankees 102 51 .666
Detroit Tigers 83 71 .539 19.5
Chicago White Sox 81 70 .536 20
Washington Senators 82 71 .536 20
Cleveland Indians 80 74 .519 22.5
Boston Red Sox 74 80 .481 28.5
St. Louis Browns 57 95 .375 44.5
Philadelphia Athletics 53 100 .346 49

National League final standings[edit]

National League
Club Wins Losses Win %   GB
New York Giants 92 62 .597
Chicago Cubs 87 67 .565 5
St. Louis Cardinals 87 67 .565 5
Pittsburgh Pirates 84 70 .545 8
Cincinnati Reds 74 80 .481 18
Boston Bees 71 83 .461 21
Brooklyn Dodgers 67 87 .435 25
Philadelphia Phillies 54 100 .351 38

Negro League Baseball final standings[edit]

Negro National League final standings[edit]

Negro National League
Club Wins Losses Win %   GB
Pittsburgh Crawfords 36 24 .600
Philadelphia Stars 15 12 .556 4.5
Newark Eagles 30 29 .508 5.5
New York Cubans 22 23 .489 6.5
Washington Elite Giants 21 24 .467 7.5
Homestead Grays 22 27 .449 8.5


January – April[edit]

  • January 6 – New York Giants President Charles A. Stoneham dies of Bright's disease. He was the last surviving member of the trio that purchased the team in 1919. His son, Horace Stoneham, is elected the team's new president. Stoneham‚ 32‚ will remain president for the next 40 years before selling the team in 1976.
  • January 15 – The Chunichi Dragons of Nagoya‚ Japan‚ are officially formed. Eight days later the Hankyu Braves of Nishinomiya joined them.
  • April 14 – Opening day, the New York Yankees are shut out, 1–0, by Bobo Newsom and the Washington Senators.
    • In St. Louis, the Cardinals' Eddie Morgan becomes the first to hit a pinch-hit home run in his first major league at bat. Morgan connects on the very first pitch he sees in the 7th inning. The Cubs win, 12-7.
Hank Greenberg, Hall of Famer and 2-time MVP
  • April 29
    • Nagoya defeated Daitokyo 8–5 in the first professional baseball game in Japan.
    • Hank Greenberg breaks his wrist ending his season.
    • In St. Louis‚ Roy Parmelee‚ former New York Giants pitcher‚ beats Carl Hubbell, 2–1, in a seventeen inning duel. The game is scoreless until the 12th when the Giants score a run‚ but the Cardinals match it in the bottom of the 12th. Parmelee allows just six hits in 17 innings‚ while Hubbell gives up 11.

May – July[edit]

  • May 3 – Joe DiMaggio makes his major league debut in left field in the New York Yankees' 14–5 victory over the St. Louis Browns. DiMaggio goes three-for-six- with a triple, an RBI and three runs scored.
  • May 10 – The New York Yankees defeat the Philadelphia Athletics, 7–2. With a loss by the Boston Red Sox to the Washington Senators, the Yankees take over first place in the American League. They remain in first place for the rest of the season, winning the pennant by 19.5 games over the Detroit Tigers.
  • May 12 – The St. Louis Browns' Pat Malone pitches a six hit shut out against the New York Yankees to end St. Louis' thirteen-game losing streak.
  • May 24 – The New York Yankees defeat the Philadelphia Athletics 25–2. Second baseman Tony Lazzeri has eleven RBIs in the game via two grand slams and a third home run and a triple. With his last blast, Lazzeri amassed seven home runs in four successive games to set a Major League record.
  • June 6 – St. Louis Cardinals second baseman Stu Martin ties a major league record with eleven assists in the first game of a doubleheader with the New York Giants.
  • June 24 – In the New York Yankees' 18–11 victory over the Chicago White Sox, Joe DiMaggio has five RBIs with two home runs and two doubles.
  • July 1 – The Detroit Tigers defeat the Chicago White Sox 21–6. Right fielder Gee Walker has a home run and seven RBIs.
  • July 5 – The Boston Red Sox sweep a double header from the Philadelphia Athletics, bringing the A's losing streak to twelve games.
  • July 18 – The Chicago White Sox and Philadelphia Athletics set an American League record for the most combined runs scored by two teams in Chicago's 21–14 victory. ChiSox outfielder Rip Radcliff ties an AL record with six hits in seven at-bats.

August – December[edit]

  • August 16 – The Philadelphia Phillies defeat the Boston Bees 7–0 behind a three hitter by Claude Passeau. The win ends the team's fourteen-game losing streak.
  • August 23 – Bob Feller makes his first career start, defeating the St. Louis Browns 4–1.
  • August 28 – The New York Giants defeat the Pittsburgh Pirates 7–2 to bring their winning streak to fifteen games.
  • September 16 – Birdie Tebbetts makes his major league debut behind the plate for the Detroit Tigers in a 6–2 victory over the Philadelphia A's.
  • September 23
    • Carl Hubbell logs his sixteenth victory in a row to improve his record to 26–6.
    • The New York Yankees defeat the Philadelphia A's 12–5 for their 100th win of the season.
  • September 30 – A solo home run by George Selkirk is all the offense the Yankees can muster up against Carl Hubbell in game one of the 1936 World Series, as the New York Giants take game one of the Subway Series, 6–1.
  • October 2 – A seven run third inning, high lighted by Tony Lazzeri's grand slam, carries the Yankees to a 18–4 victory in game two of the World Series.
  • October 3 – Frankie Crosetti's eighth inning RBI single carries the Yankees to a 2–1 victory over the Giants in game three of the World Series.
  • October 4 – The Yankees jump to an early 4–0 lead against Carl Hubbell, and win game four of the World Series, 5–2.
  • October 5 – Jo-Jo Moore leads off the tenth with a double, and comes around to score, as the New York Giants take game five of the World Series, 5–4.
  • October 6 – The New York Yankees defeat the New York Giants, 13–5, in Game 6 of the World Series to win their fifth World Championship title, four games to two. During the six games, the Yankees score 43 runs and collect 65 hits.
  • December 10 – In a three team trade, the Washington Senators send Earl Whitehill to the Cleveland Indians, Indians sent Thornton Lee to the Chicago White Sox, and the White Sox send Jack Salveson to the Senators.






  • January 6 – Charles Stoneham, 59, owner of the New York Giants since 1919, during which period the team won five pennants and three World Series
  • January 11 – Turkey Gross, 39, shortstop for the 1925 Boston Red Sox
  • February 17 – Tom York, 85, played 15 season from 1871 to 1885, most prominently for the Providence Grays.
  • March 25 – Art Hagan, 73, Pitcher for two season from 1883 through 1884.
  • June 16 – Billy Shindle, 75, third baseman for the Detroit Wolverines, Baltimore Orioles, Philadelphia Athletics & Phillies, and Brooklyn Bridegrooms from 1886–98, and one of the first sluggers in the deadball era
  • June 18 – Al Nichols, 84, third baseman from 1875–1877. Banned for life after 1877 season with three other teammates for throwings games.
  • July 18 – Carl Stimson, 42, pitcher for the 1923 Boston Red Sox
  • September 9 - William Betts, Umpire in the National League and American League
  • October 4 – Hercules Burnett, 67, center fielder who played in two seasons for the Louisville Colonels in 1888 and 1895.
  • October 8 – Red Ames, 54, pitcher for the New York Giants, Cincinnati Reds, St. Louis Cardinals and Philadelphia Phillies from 1903–19, and recorded 183 wins with a 2.63 ERA
  • October 27 – Dave Black, 44, pitcher for the Chicago ChiFeds/Whales, Baltimore Terrapins and Boston Red Sox
  • October 31 – Deacon McGuire, 72, catcher for several teams over 26 seasons who set records with 1611 games, 1858 assists and 9291 chances at his position; batted .300 five times and was first catcher to hit 300 doubles; later a coach and manager
  • November 9 – Bill Stellberger, 71, pitched one game for the 1885 Providence Grays.
  • December 11 – Myron Grimshaw, 61, right fielder for the Boston Americans from 1905 through 1907
  • December 26 – Bill Clymer, 63, shortstop for three games during the 1891 season.
  • December 31 – Doc Casey, 66, third baseman for the Washington Senators, Brooklyn Superbas, Detroit Tigers and Chicago Cubs between 1898 and 1907