1936 January

4th  As the 2nd part of the December 10th deal for Jimmie Foxx, the Boston Red Sox get outfielder Doc Cramer (.332) and SS Eric “Boob” McNair from the A’s for Henry Johnson, Al Niemiec, and $75,000. Even with the free spending, and the presence of 20-game winners Ferrell and Grove, Boston will finish 6th in 1936.

6th Giant President Charles A. Stoneham dies of Bright’s disease. He was the last surviving member of the trio that purchased the team in 1919.

15th  IRS figures for 1934 show Branch Rickey as the highest paid man in baseball at $49,470. Commissioner Landis had voluntarily taken a cut in 1933 from $65,000 to $40,000 because of the Depression.

Horace Stoneham is elected president of the New York Giants, succeeding his late father. Stoneham, 32, will remain president for the next 40 years before selling the team in 1976.

The Chunichi Dragons of Nagoya, Japan, are officially formed. Eight days later the Hankyu Braves of Nishinomiya are formed.

17th  The Yankees trade Jimmy DeShong and Jesse Hill to Washington for Bump Hadley and Roy Johnson.

30th  The new owners of the Boston Braves ask newspapermen to pick a new nickname for the team from suggestions made by fans. They choose the Bees, but the name will not catch on, and it will be scrapped after the 1940 season.