Events in Sport in 1956

  • Jan 2 42nd Rose Bowl: #2 Michigan State beats #4 UCLA, 17-14
  • Jan 2 22nd Sugar Bowl: #7 Georgia Tech beats #11 Pittsburgh, 7-0
  • Jan 2 22nd Orange Bowl: #1 Oklahoma beats #3 Maryland, 20-6
  • Jan 15 Bauer Marlene wins LPGA Sea Island Golf Open
  • Jan 15 NFL Pro Bowl: East beats West 31-30
  • Jan 19 Hoboken dedicates a plaque honoring achievements of Alexander Cartwright in organizing early baseball at Elysian Field

Sport awardGolf Tournament

Jan 22 Betsy Rawls wins LPGA Tampa Golf Open

LPGA Golfer Betsy Rawls
LPGA Golfer
Betsy Rawls
  • Jan 24 6th NBA All-Star Game: West beats East 108-94 at Rochester, New York
  • Jan 26 7th Winter Olympic games open in Cortina d'Ampezzo, Italy

Hall of fameHall of Fame

Jan 26 Hank Greenberg & Joe Cronin are elected to Baseball Hall of Fame

Baseball Player Hank Greenberg
Baseball Player
Hank Greenberg
  • Jan 27 NFL's NY Giants switches games from Polo Grounds to Yankee Stadium
  • Jan 30 44th Women's Australian Championships: Mary Carter Reitano beats Thelma Coyne Long (3-6, 6-2, 9-7)

Sport awardTennis Open

Jan 30 44th Men's Australian Championships: Lew Hoad beats Ken Rosewall (6-4, 3-6, 6-4, 7-5)

Tennis Player and Four-Time Major Champion Lew Hoad
Tennis Player and Four-Time Major Champion
Lew Hoad
Tennis Player and Eight-Time Major Champion Ken Rosewall
Tennis Player and Eight-Time Major Champion
Ken Rosewall
  • Feb 3 Toni Sailor becomes 1st Olympic skier to sweep 3 alpine events
  • Feb 5 7th Winter Olympic games close at Cortina d'Ampezzo, Italy

Sport awardGolf Tournament

Feb 5 Louise Suggs wins LPGA Havana Golf Open

Golfer and Co-Founder of the LPGA Louise Suggs
Golfer and Co-Founder of the LPGA
Louise Suggs
  • Feb 5 NY Mayor Robert Wagner & Bkln Boro Pres Frank Cashmore sponsor a bill to create a $30M Brooklyn Sports Center Authority to build
  • Feb 12 Fay Crocker wins LPGA Miami Beach Golf Open
  • Feb 19 Kathy Cornelius wins LPGA St Petersburg Golf Open
  • Feb 22 1st English soccer match at Kunstlicht: Portsmouth vs Newcastle United
  • Feb 26 Betsy Rawls wins LPGA Sarasota Golf Open
  • Mar 3 Cockie Gastelaars swims world record 100 m freestyle (1:04.2)
  • Mar 3 3rd ACC Men's Basketball Tournament: NC State beats Wake Forest, 76-64

Sport awardGolf Tournament

Mar 5 Mickey Wright wins LPGA Jacksonville Golf Open

LPGA Golfer Mickey Wright
LPGA Golfer
Mickey Wright
  • Mar 11 Louise Suggs wins LPGA Titleholders Golf Championship
  • Mar 13 NZ bowl out WI for 77 at Eden Park to score their 1st Test Cricket win
  • Mar 19 Biggest NBA margin of victory - Minn Lakers-133, St Louis Hawks-75
  • Mar 23 18th NCAA Men's Basketball Championship: SF beats Iowa 83-71
  • Mar 24 110th Grand National: Dave Dick aboard E.S.B. wins
  • Apr 7 10th NBA Championship: Ph Warriors beat Ft Wayne Pistons, 4 games to 1
  • Apr 8 20th Masters Golf Tournament: Jack Burke Jr wins, shooting a 289
  • Apr 10 Stanley Cup: Montreal Canadiens beat Detroit Red Wings, 4 games to 1
  • Apr 15 Marlene Bauer wins LPGA Babe Didrikson-Zaharias Golf Open
  • Apr 19 1st ML baseball game in NJ, Dodgers beat Phils in Roosevelt Stadium
  • Apr 19 60th Boston Marathon won by Antti Viskari of Finland in 2:14:14
  • Apr 22 Patty Berg wins LPGA Dallas Golf Open

Event of interestEvent of Interest

Apr 27 Heavyweight champ, Rocky Marciano, retires undefeated from boxing

Heavyweight Boxing Champion Rocky Marciano
Heavyweight Boxing Champion
Rocky Marciano
  • Apr 29 Betsy Rawls wins LPGA Peach Blossom Golf Open
  • May 5 82nd Kentucky Derby: David Erb aboard Needles wins in 2:03.4
  • May 5 Broekster Boys soccer team forms in Damwoude
  • May 5 World championships of judo are 1st held, in Tokyo
  • May 12 Bkln Dodger Carl Erskine's 2nd no-hitter, beats NY Giants, 3-0

Sports record brokenBaseball Record

May 18 Mickey Mantle hits HR from both sides of plate for record 3rd time

Baseball Legend Mickey Mantle
Baseball Legend
Mickey Mantle
  • May 19 81st Preakness: Bill Hartack aboard Fabius wins in 1:58.4
  • May 26 Reds' John Klippstein, Hershel Freemman & Joe Blacks no-hitter, broken up with 2 outs in 10th & lose to Braves in 11th, 2-1
  • May 26 55th Men's French Championships: Lewis Hoad beats Sven Davidson (6-4, 8-6, 6-3)
  • May 26 55th Women's French Championships: Althea Gibson beats Angela Mortimer (6-0, 12-10)
  • May 30 Mickey Mantle misses by 18" hitting 1st HR out of Yankee Stadium
  • May 30 Indianapolis 500: Pat Flaherty wins in 3:53:28.872 (206.785 km/h)
  • May 31 Mickey Mantle HR just misses clearing Yankee Stadium's roof
  • Jun 3 Marlene Bauer Hagge wins LPGA Pittsburgh Golf Open
  • Jun 10 16th modern Olympiad equestrian events open in Stockholm
  • Jun 10 Marlene Bauer Hagge wins LPGA Triangle Round Robin Golf Tournament
  • Jun 13 1st European Cup: Real Madrid beats Stade Reims 4-3 at Paris
  • Jun 16 56th US Golf Open: Cary Middlecoff shoots a 281 at Oak Hill CC NY
  • Jun 16 88th Belmont: David Erb aboard Needles wins in 2:29.8
  • Jun 20 At Detroit's Briggs Stadium, Mickey Mantle hits 2 Billy Hoeft pitches into right center field bleachers (no else hits 1 there)
  • Jun 24 2nd LPGA Championship won by Marlene Hagge
  • Jun 27 Indians trailing Orioles 9-1 come back to win 12-11 in 11 innings
  • Jun 29 Charles Dumas makes 1st high jump over 7' (2.13 m)-LA, Calif
  • Jul 1 Beverly Hanson wins LPGA Western Golf Open
  • Jul 6 70th Wimbledon Men's Tennis: Lew Hoad beats Ken Rosewall (6-2 4-6 7-5 6-4)
  • Jul 6 85th British Golf Open: Peter Thomson shoots a 286 at Hoylake England
  • Jul 6 Ford Frick inaugurates Cy Young Award, to honor to outstanding pitcher
  • Jul 7 63rd Wimbledon Women's Tennis: Shirley Fry beats Angela Buxton (63 61)
  • Jul 8 Joyce Ziske wins LPGA Syracuse Golf Open
  • Jul 10 23rd All Star Baseball Game: NL wins 7-3 at Griffith Stadium, Washington, D.C.
  • Jul 14 Boston Red Sox Mel Parnell no-hits Chicago White Sox, 4-0
  • Jul 15 Beverly Hanson/Kathy Cornelius wins LPGA Hot Springs Golf Invitational
  • Jul 16 Detroit Tigers & Briggs Stadium sold for then record $5.5 million

Sports record brokenBaseball Record

Jul 20 Yankee pitcher Whitey Ford ties AL record of 6 straight strike-outs

MLB Pitcher Whitey Ford
MLB Pitcher
Whitey Ford
  • Jul 21 Cincinnati Reds pitcher Brooks Lawrence loses after 13 straight wins
  • Jul 23 Joe Cronin & Hank Greenberg inducted into Baseball Hall of Fame
  • Jul 24 Dodgers lose to the Reds, 2-1, playing in Jesey City
  • Jul 25 38th PGA Championship: Jack Burke at Blue Hill CC Boston
  • Jul 28 43rd Tour de France won by Roger Walkowiak of France
  • Jul 29 11th US Women's Open Golf Championship won by Kathy Cornelius
  • Aug 3 Willie Williams of US sets 100 meter record at 10.1
  • Aug 5 Louise Suggs wins LPGA All American Golf Open
  • Aug 5 WCYB TV channel 5 in Bristol-Kingsport, VA (NBC) begins broadcasting
  • Aug 6 After going bankrupt in 1955, the American broadcaster DuMont Television Network makes its final broadcast, a boxing match from St. Nicholas Arena.

Event of interestEvent of Interest

Aug 7 Boston Red Sox fine Ted Williams $5,000 for spitting at Boston fans

Baseball Player Ted Williams
Baseball Player
Ted Williams
  • Aug 10 23rd NFL Chicago All-Star Game: Cleveland 26, All-Stars 0 (75,000)
  • Aug 12 Marlene Bauer Hagge wins LPGA World Golf Championship
  • Aug 18 Cincinnati Reds (8) & Cubs (2) combine to hit 10 HRs in a 9 inning game
  • Aug 19 Fay Crocker wins LPGA St Louis Golf Open
  • Aug 26 Marlene Bauer wins LPGA Denver Golf Open
  • Aug 26 Yankees announce purchase of outfielder Enos Slaughter from KC
  • Aug 28 England retain cricket Ashes, Jim Laker 46 wickets in the series
  • Sep 2 Orioles trailing Red Sox 8-0 come back to win 11-10 in 9 innings
  • Sep 2 7th Formula One WDC: Juan Manuel Fangio wins by three points

Sport awardTennis Open

Sep 9 76th U.S. Men's National Championship: Ken Rosewall beats Lew Hoad (4-6, 6-2, 6-3, 6-3)

Tennis Player and Eight-Time Major Champion Ken Rosewall
Tennis Player and Eight-Time Major Champion
Ken Rosewall
Tennis Player and Four-Time Major Champion Lew Hoad
Tennis Player and Four-Time Major Champion
Lew Hoad
  • Sep 9 70th U.S. Women's National Championship: Shirley Fry Irvin beats Althea Gibson (6-3, 6-4)
  • Sep 11 Cincinnati Red Frank Robinson ties rookie record with his 38th HR

Sports record brokenBaseball Record

Sep 11 Yanks Yogi Berra ties career record for HRs (236) by a catcher

MLB Catcher and Manager Yogi Berra
MLB Catcher and Manager
Yogi Berra
  • Sep 16 Marlene Bauer wins LPGA Clock Golf Open
  • Sep 18 Mickey Mantle is 8th to hit 50 HRs in a seaon
  • Sep 21 Yanks set dubious record, stranding 20 men on base Mantle hits a 500' plus homer but Red Sox win 13-9 in Fenway
  • Sep 25 Brooklyn Dodger Sal Maglie no-hits Philadelphia Phillies, 5-0
  • Sep 29 "I Love Mickey" by Mickey Mantle & Teresa Brewer peaks at #87
  • Sep 29 Yanks Mickey Mantle hits his 52nd HR of season
  • Sep 30 Phillies Robin Roberts gives up a major league record 46th HR
  • Sep 30 White Sox Jim Derrington, 16, is youngest to start a game (he loses)
  • Oct 3 Sal Maglie & Dodgers defeat Yanks 6-3 in opening game of World Series
  • Oct 5 Yogi Berra becomes 4th Yank to hit a World Series grand slam
  • Oct 7 Mary Lena Faulk wins LPGA Heart of America Golf Open
  • Oct 8 Don Larsen (NY Yankees) pitches only perfect World Series game vs Brooklyn
  • Oct 9 10th NHL All-Star Game: All-Stars beat Montreal 1-1 at Montreal
  • Oct 10 On Skowron's grand slammer NY Yanks beat Dodgers 9-0 in series game 7
  • Oct 14 Patty Berg wins LPGA Arkansas Golf Open
  • Oct 15 Yankees Enos Slaughter scores from 1st on a single in World Series
  • Oct 21 Betty Dodd wins LPGA Lawton Golf Open
  • Oct 25 White Sox manager Marty Marion resigns. AL Lopez replaces him
  • Oct 30 Dodgers sell Ebbets Field to a real estate group. They agree to stay until 1959, with an option to stay until 1961
  • Nov 6 Holland & Spain withdraw from Olympics in protest against Soviets in Hungary

Event of interestEvent of Interest

Nov 17 Syracuse fullback Jim Brown, scores NCAA record of 43 pts (vs Colgate)

NFL Legend Jim Brown
NFL Legend
Jim Brown
  • Nov 22 16th modern Olympic games opens in Melbourne

Event of interestEvent of Interest

Nov 22 Bill Sharman (Boston) begins NBA free throw streak of 55 games

NBA Guard Bill Sharman
NBA Guard
Bill Sharman
  • Nov 24 44th CFL Grey Cup: Edmonton Eskimos defeats Montreal Alouettes, 50-27
  • Nov 26 USSR single sculls winner Vyacheslav Ivanov wins Olympic gold medal in his excitement he jumps for joy, & loses his medal, it sinks
  • Nov 27 1957 NFL Draft: Paul Hornung from University of Notre Dame first pick by Green Bay Packers

Sport defeatBoxing Title Fight

Nov 30 Floyd Patterson KOs Archie Moore in 5 for heavyweight boxing title

Boxer and Undisputed Heavyweight Champion Floyd Patterson
Boxer and Undisputed Heavyweight Champion
Floyd Patterson
Boxing Champion Archie Moore
Boxing Champion
Archie Moore
  • Dec 1 Alain Mimoun wins 13th Olympics marathon (2:25:00.0)
  • Dec 1 21st Iron Bowl: Auburn beats Alabama 34-7 in Birmingham

Event of interestEvent of Interest

Dec 3 Wilt Chamberlain's 1st collegiate basketball game (scores 52)

NBA Legend Wilt Chamberlain
NBA Legend
Wilt Chamberlain
  • Dec 4 22nd Heisman Trophy Award: Paul Hornung, Notre Dame (QB)
  • Dec 8 16th Olympic games close at Melbourne, Australia

Event of interestEvent of Interest

Dec 13 Dodgers trade Jackie Robinson to Giants for pitcher Dick Littlefield & $35,000. Robinson will retire rather than be traded.

Baseball Player Jackie Robinson
Baseball Player
Jackie Robinson
  • Dec 18 Phil Rizzuto signs as NY Yankee radio-TV announcer
  • Dec 27 45th Davis Cup: Australia beats USA in Adelaide (5-0)
  • Dec 27 Bill Sharman (Boston) ends NBA free throw streak of 55 games
  • Dec 30 NY Giants beat Chicago Bears 47-7 in NFL championship game