1936 March

st PCL owners agree to a demand by Hollywood owner Bill Lane to move his franchise to San Diego. The Stars were unable to pay the annual rent of $8,000 for Wrigley Field. The Padres will open the 1936 season with Frank Shellenback managing the team that will tie for 2nd with Oakland, before losing four games to one to them in the Playoffs. In 1935, Hollywood finished last in the second half of the season.

2nd  The baseball writers vote for the first players to be named to the new Baseball Hall of Fame. Ty Cobb, Babe Ruth, Honus Wagner, Christy Mathewson, and Walter Johnson each receive the requisite 75 percent of ballots cast. Active players also are eligible in this first election, with Hornsby finishing 9th, Cochrane 10th, Gehrig 15th, and Foxx 19th. Tainted former star Hal Chase receives 11 votes for 25th place, and Joe Jackson has 2 votes to tie for 36th place.

4th Wes Ferrell wins the first Florida State Baseball Players golf tourney, shooting a 304 for 72 holes. Finishing four strokes back is Willis Hudlin, the pre-tourney favorite, manager Mickey Cochrane, and Milwaukee’s Garland Braxton. Earlier, Ferrell won the Miami-Biltmore Left-handers golf tournament at Coral Gables.

6th Long-time veteran Hugh Duffy reveals in The Sporting News his all-star team that he had recommended to the Hall of Fame: Kid Nichols, Amos Rusie and Vic Willis, pitchers; Fred Tenney, 1B; Nap Lajoie, 2B; Honus Wagner, SS; Jimmy Collins, 3B; Tom McCarthy, Bill Hamilton and Joe Kelly, outfielders. There is some overlap with the all-star team named by veteran scribe Hugh Fullerton a few weeks ago. His team consisted of: Johnny Kling, C; Walter Johnson, Christy Mathewson, Cy Young and Rube Waddell, pitchers; Hal Chase, 1B; Nap Lajoie, 2B; Honus Wagner, SS; Jimmy Collins, 3B; Tris Speaker, Ty Cobb and Babe Ruth, outfielders.

7th The Cincinnati Reds sail to Puerto Rico for a month’s spring training before returning to Tampa to finish up.

20th  The Giants buy back good-hitting 1B Sam Leslie from the Dodgers.


1st After spring training with Lefty O’Doul’s San Francisco Seals (PCL), the Yomiuri Giants of Japan beat the Seals, 5–0. On March 5th they will win again, 11–7.

5th  The St. Louis Cardinals, without the Dean brothers, who are once again holdouts, visit Cuba and are beaten by the Cuban all-stars. Luis Tiant, Sr., whose son will win 229 ML games, is the starting pitcher for the Cubans.

17th  Much-heralded rookie Joe DiMaggio makes his spring debut with the Yankees, getting 4 hits, including a triple. The day is marred when the Cardinals win, 8–7.

21st  The Cincinnati Reds trade Jim Bottomley to the St. Louis Browns for Johnny Burnett. Sunny Jim will have a strong season in 1936 and, midway through the 1937 season, will be named manager.

Joe DiMaggio runs his spring training record to 12-for-20, in an 11–2 Yankee victory over the newly named Boston Bees. Before the next game is played, the prize rookie is left unattended with his foot in a diathermy machine. The resulting burn ends his spring training and delays his ML debut until May.

22nd  In The Sporting News, Reds GM Lee MacPhail predicts that “The American League will finish with Detroit on top, Cleveland in second, Boston third and New York fourth.”

23rd  After an acrimonious holdout, Dizzy Dean signs for a reported $24,000 and an understanding that the only fines levied will be major ones.

24th  Paul Dean follows his brother into the fold and signs for $10,000.

26th  Hank Greenberg signs a Tiger’s contract for $20,000, and Red Ruffing accepts $12,000 from the Yankees.