American Football League 1936-1937

AFL 1936

Boston Shamrocks11830  .727
Cleveland Rams9722  .714
New York Yankees10532  .625
Pittsburgh Americans6321  .600
Rochester Tigers7160  .143
Brooklyn Tigers7061  .000

Reference: [1]

AFL 1937

Los Angeles Bulldogs8800  1.000
Rochester Tigers7331  .500
New York Yankees6231  .400
Cincinnati Bengals7232  .400
Boston Shamrocks7250  .286
Pittsburgh Americans3030  .000

Reference: [1]


From the 1920s to the 1960s there were numerous rival leagues to the NFL, which were either Major League or a Minor League just below the level of the NFL.

The AFL was one such Major League rival, and the Boston Shamrocks catered for the large Irish-American market in that city. They won the league in 1936 over the Cleveland Rams in second, who the following year joined the NFL, eventually becoming the Los Angeles Rams.

The Shamrocks second season was not a successful as they posted only two wins, and the league folded at the end of the season.




[1] Pro Football Hall of Fame (2005) American Football League Standings (1936-37) [Internet] Available from: [Accessed 5 June 2017]


Thanks to Irene Carroll, Margaret Williams

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Researched, compiled and written by Enda Mulcahy for the

Irish North American and World Sports Archive

Last Updated: 27 December 2018

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