December 1956 in Sport

Events in Sport

  • 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

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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)

Event of interestEvent of Interest

Dec 27 Bill Sharman (Boston) ends NBA free throw streak of 55 games

NBA Guard Bill Sharman
NBA Guard
Bill Sharman
  • Dec 30 NY Giants beat Chicago Bears 47-7 in NFL championship game

Birthdays in Sport

  • Dec 4 Bernard King, basketball player (NY Knicks, NJ Nets)
  • Dec 4 Blagoi Blagoyev, Bulgaria, 82.5 kg weightlifer (Olympics-silver-1976)
  • Dec 5 Klaus Allofs, German footballer

Person of interestPerson of Interest

Dec 7 Larry Bird, American NBA star (Boston Celtics, 12-time NBA All Star), born in West Baden, Indiana

NBA Legend Larry Bird
NBA Legend
Larry Bird
  • Dec 12 Johan van der Velde, Dutch cyclist
  • Dec 13 Dale Berra, baseball infeilder (Pittsburgh Pirates, NY Yankees)
  • Dec 13 Phillip Gregory Hubbard, basketball (Olympic gold 1976), born in Canton, Ohio
  • Dec 14 Hanni Wenzel, Liechtenstein, Slalom (Olympic-2 gold-1980)
  • Dec 19 Tom Lawless, American baseball player
  • Dec 21 Kevin Burnham, Hollis NY, 470 sailor (Olympics-8th-1992, 96)
  • Dec 23 Michele Alboretto, formula-1 racer (Ferrari)
  • Dec 25 Mansoor Akhtar, cricketer (Pakistani batsman early 80's)
  • Dec 27 Doina Melinte, Romanian running star (world record 1500 m/mile indoor)

Weddings in Sport


HeartWedding of Interest

Dec 9 NBA player Bill Russell (22) weds college sweetheart Rose Swisher

Basketball Player Bill Russell
Basketball Player
Bill Russell