1936 Tweaks to the game are nothing new. The American League (AL) approves night baseball for St. Louis. The National League adopts a new design for home plate. It will have beveled edges, the first change in 50 years. The AL also adopts a rule stating that no batter can be batting champion unless he has 400 or more at bats.
Happy 50th birthday to Mike Mussina. He was 22 years old when he broke into MLB with the Baltimore Orioles. Nicknamed Moose, Mussina played for the Baltimore Orioles (1991–2000) and the New York Yankees (2001–2008). He won at least 11 games in 17 consecutive seasons – an AL record – and recorded a career .638 winning percentage.
After 18 years with the Cincinnati Reds, free agent Pete Rose signs a four-year, $3.2 million contract with the Phillies to temporarily become the highest-paid athlete in team sports. Rose and the Phils will win the World Series in 1980.
NL batting champion Willie McGee signs as a free agent with the San Francisco Giants, ending his three-month stint across the bay with the Athletics. He finished the season with the A’s following a trade from the Cardinals, but McGee still qualified as the NL batting champion, hitting .335
The Red Sox trade for hard-hitting Jackie Jensen, sending Maury McDermott and Tom Umphlett to the Washington Senators. Jensen will average 25 home runs a year in his seven seasons at Fenway, lead the AL in RBI three times, and win the MVP award in 1958.