August 1956 in Sport

Events in Sport

  • Aug 3 American sprinter Willie Williams sets 100m world record at 10.1 in Berlin, Germany
  • Aug 4 Lee Petty dismounts car on lap 32, waves red flag to field because of dusty conditions at NASCAR Grand National at Tulsa, Oklahoma; race halted and never completed
  • Aug 6 After going bankrupt in 1955, the American national 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 slugger Ted Williams $5,000 for spitting at heckling Boston fans, third incident in 3 weeks

Baseball Player Ted Williams
Baseball Player
Ted Williams
  • Aug 7 51-year-old Satchel Paige (Miami Marlins) wins a game before the largest crowd in minor league history, 57,000 at Miami’s Orange Bowl; International League: Marlins 6-2 v Columbus Jets
  • Aug 10 23rd NFL Chicago All-Star Game: Cleveland 26, All-Stars 0 (75,000)
  • Aug 18 Cincinnati Reds (8) & Cubs (2) combine to hit 10 HRs in a 9 inning game
  • Aug 26 Yankees announce purchase of outfielder Enos Slaughter from KC
  • Aug 28 England retain cricket Ashes, Jim Laker 46 wickets in the series

Birthdays in Sport

  • Aug 3 Todd Christensen, NFL player (Oakland) and sportscaster, born in Bellefonte, Pennsylvania (d. 2013)
  • Aug 8 Wes Chandler, Florida, WLAF wide receiver coach (Rhein Fire)
  • Aug 10 Dianne Fromhottz, Balestrat Australia, tennis star
  • Aug 12 Sidath Wettimuny, Sri Lanka cricket opener (190 v England Lords 1984)
  • Aug 14 Rusty Wallace, American race car driver
  • Aug 16 Colleen Walker, LPGA golfer (1988 Mazda Champions), born in Jacksonville, Florida
  • Aug 16 Dominic Erban, French rugby international player
  • Aug 16 Daniel Willems, Belgian cyclist
  • Aug 17 Álvaro Pino, Spanish cyclist
  • Aug 18 Sandeep Patil, cricketer (Indian batsman Great 174 v Adelaide 1981)
  • Aug 19 Cindy Nelson, American skier (Olympic bronze 1976)
  • Aug 20 Alvin Greenidge, cricketer (WI opener, no relation to Gordon or Geoff)
  • Aug 22 Jeffrey Lloyd, South African jockey based in Australia, born in Durban, South Africa
  • Aug 22 Paul Molitor, infielder (Mn Twins, 1993 World Series MVP), born in Saint Paul, Minnesota
  • Aug 22 Peter Taylor, Australian cricketer (Australian off-spinner 1987-92), born in North Sydney, New South Wales, Australia
  • Aug 24 Gerry Cooney, heavyweight boxer (US Olympics team 1980)
  • Aug 25 Henri Toivonen, Finnish rally driver, born in Jyväskylä, Finland (d. 1986)
  • Aug 26 Mark Mangino, American football coach
  • Aug 28 Beverley Goddard-Callender, English track and field athelete (Olympic bronze 1980, 84), born in Barbados
  • Aug 29 Kelly Murray, Canadian Tour golfer (985 Alberta Open), born in Vancouver, British Columbia

Weddings in Sport


HeartWedding of Interest

Aug 21 Boxing champ Archie Moore (42) weds model Joan Hardy in Ensenada, Mexico

Boxing Champion Archie Moore
Boxing Champion
Archie Moore

Deaths in Sport

  • Aug 13 Harry Donnan, cricketer (5 Tests for Australia 1891-96), dies