1936 Pittsburgh Pirates season
OwnerArt Rooney
Head coachJoe Bach
Home fieldForbes Field
Results
Record6–6
Division place2nd NFL Eastern
Playoff finishDid not qualify

The 1936 Pittsburgh Pirates season was the team's fourth season as a professional sports franchise and as a member of the National Football League (NFL). The team welcomed back head coach, Joe Bach who served his last year at the position (until returning in 1952). His team finished the season with the franchise's best record yet, at 6-6.

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

1936 NFL Draft

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

Schedule

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 9–27
6 October 14, 1936 Philadelphia Eagles W 17–0
6 October 18, 1936 at Chicago Bears L 7–26
7 October 25, 1936 at Green Bay Packers L 10–38
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 3–28
10 November 15, 1936 at Chicago Cardinals L 6–14
12 November 29, 1936 at Boston Redskins L 0–30

Standings

NFL Eastern Division
W L T PCT DIV PF PA STK
Boston Redskins 7 5 0 .583 6–2 149 110 W3
Pittsburgh Pirates 6 6 0 .500 6–1 98 187 L3
New York Giants 5 6 1 .455 3–3–1 115 163 L1
Brooklyn Dodgers 3 8 1 .273 2–5–1 92 161 L1
Philadelphia Eagles 1 11 0 .083 1–7 51 206 L11

Note: Tie games were not officially counted in the standings until 1972.

Game summaries

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

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

at Forbes Field, Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania

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

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

at Ebbets Field, Brooklyn, New York

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

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

at Forbes Field, Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania

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Week 4 (Sunday October 4, 1936): Chicago Bears

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

at Forbes Field, Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania

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

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

at Forbes Field, Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania

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

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

at Wrigley Field, Chicago, Illinois

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

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

at Wisconsin State Fair Park, Milwaukee, Wisconsin

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

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

at Forbes Field, Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania

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

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

at Point Stadium, Johnstown, Pennsylvania

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

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

at Titan Stadium, Detroit, Michigan

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

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

at Wrigley Field, Chicago, Illinois

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

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

at Fenway Park, Boston, Massachusetts

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