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BRAVES FIELD

The Boston Shamrocks played in the second American Football League from 1936 to 1937, followed by at least one year as an independent in 1938. The team was coached by George Kenneally and also split its games between Braves Field and Fenway Park.  The Shamrocks were a successful franchise in the AFL, outdrawing the NFL's Boston Redskins.  During the 1936 American Football League season, lead by Hank Soar, the Shamrocks won the league's championship. The Shamrocks did not fare so well in 1937, falling to a 2-5 record that year.  During that year, the team managed to sign former Heisman Trophy winner Larry Kelley to a one-game contract; Kelley reneged on the deal and never played.  After the failure of the second AFL, the Shamrocks continued as an independent, picking up mostly players that had been released from the Pittsburgh Pirates.

HANK SOAR (1936) ... Hank Soar was a star running back at Providence College, garnering Little All American honors. He left college to play pro football for the Boston Shamrocks in 1936 in the American Football League for $100 a game. He was #1 in passing in the AFL in 1936. The following season, he joined the New York Giants in the rival NFL for $200 a game and a $100 bonus. 

He retired from pro football after the 1946 season, umpired in the baseball minor leagues and was an American League baseball umpire from 1950 to 1975, working in five World Series, and was an assistant supervisor of umpires into the mid-1980's.

 

1936 BOSTON SHAMROCKS SCHEDULE

 
    RECORD OPPONENT SCORE  
  09/20/1936 1-0 at Syracuse Braves W 14-3  
  09/30/1936 2-0 New York Yankees (at Braves Field) W 7-0  
  10/07/1936 3-0 Pittsburgh Americans (at Braves Field) W 16-7  
  10/11/1936 4-0 Brooklyn Tigers (at Braves Field) W 10-6  
  10/18/1936 5-0 at New York Yankees W 9-0  
  10/25/1936 6-0 at Syracuse Braves W 13-0  
  11/08/1936 6-1 at Pittsburgh Americans L 14-6  
  11/11/1936 6-2 Cleveland Rams (at Braves Field) L 34-26  
  11/15/1936 7-2 at New York Yankees W 12-7  
  11/22/1936 8-2 at Rochester Tigers W 13-10  
  12/07/1936 8-3 at New York Yankees L 20-13
             
1936 AFL FINAL STANDINGS
 

BOSTON SHAMROCKS

8

3 0 -  
  Cleveland Rams

5

2 2 1  
  New York Yankees

5

3 2 1 1/2  
  Pittsburgh Americans

3

2 1 2  
  Syracuse Braves

1

6 0 5  
  Rchester/Bklyn Tigers

0

6 1 5 1/2  
 

1937 BOSTON SHAMROCKS SCHEDULE

 
    RECORD OPPONENT SCORE  
  09/26/1937 1-0 at Rochester Tigers W 16-0  
  10/13/1937 1-1 Los Angeles Bulldogs L 14-0  
  10/17/1937 1-2 Rochester Tigers L 6-0  
  10/24/1937 2-2 Pittsburgh Americans W 27-7  
  10/31/1937 2-3 New York Yankees L 13-7  
  10/25/1936 2-4 at Cincinnati Bengals L 13-0  
  11/28/1937 2-5 at Los Angeles Bulldogs L 45-26  
   
1937 AFL FINAL STANDINGS
 

Los Angeles Bulldogs

8

0 0 -  
  Rochester Tigers

3

3 1 4  
  Cincinnati Bengals

2

3 2 4 1/2  
  New York Yankees

2

3 1 4 1/2  
  BOSTON SHAMROCKS

2

5 0 5 1/2  
  Pittsburgh Americans

0

3 0 5 1/2