On This Day

February 1956 in Sports History

Events in Sport

  • Feb 1 Hayes Alan Jenkins leads only US sweep of Olympic men's figure skating medals at the Cortina d’Ampezzo Winter Games; Ronald Robertson wins silver with bronze to Jenkins' younger brother, David
  • Feb 2 Despite a severe ankle injury Tenley Albright leads an American 1-2 in the women's figure skating at the Cortina d'Ampezzo Winter Olympics; Carol Heiss takes the silver medal
  • Feb 3 Toni Sailer of Austria wins the downhill at the Cortina d'Ampezzo Winter Olympics; becomes first athlete to sweep all 3 alpine skiing events in a single Olympics
  • Feb 4 Soviet Union beats Canada, 2-0 at Cortina d'Ampezzo to clinch their first ever Olympic ice hockey gold medal; US takes silver, Canada bronze
  • Feb 5 VII Winter Olympic Games close in Cortina d'Ampezzo, Italy
  • Feb 5 NY Mayor Robert Wagner & Bkln Boro President Frank Cashmore sponsor a bill to create a $30M Brooklyn Sports Center Authority to build
  • Feb 5 Finland goes 1-2 in the ski jumping at the Cortina d'Ampezzo Winter Olympics; Antti Hyvärinen takes gold ahead of teammate Aulis Kallakorpi
  • Feb 17 Ice Dance Championship at Garmisch won by Pamela Weight/P Thomas GRB
  • Feb 22 1st English soccer match at Kunstlicht: Portsmouth vs Newcastle United

Event of interestEvent of Interest

Feb 29 MLB's Cleveland Indians franchise is sold for nearly $4m; former player and the team’s general manager Hank Greenberg is part of the new ownership group

Baseball Player Hank Greenberg
Baseball Player
Hank Greenberg

Birthdays in Sport

  • Feb 1 Mike Kitchen, Canadian ice hockey defenceman (NJ Devils) and coach (St. Louis Blues 2003-07), born in Newmarket, Canada
  • Feb 3 John Jefferson, American football player
  • Feb 5 Hector Rebaque, Mexican racing driver, born in Mexico City, Mexico
  • Feb 9 Philip Jackson Ford Jr, NC, basketball player (Olympic gold 1976)
  • Feb 13 Liam Brady, Irish footballer, born in Dublin, Ireland
  • Feb 13 Yiannis Kouros, Greek-Australian runner, born in Tripoli, Greece
  • Feb 14 Dave Dravecky, American pitcher & amputee (SF Giants), born in Youngstown, Ohio
  • Feb 14 Howard Edward Davis Jr., American boxer (Olympic silver 1976), born in Glen Cove, New York (d. 2015)
  • Feb 15 Desmond Haynes, West Indian cricket batsman and administrator (116 Tests; 7,487 runs @ 42.29; 238 ODIs; Director WI Cricket Board), born in Saint James, Barbados
  • Feb 15 Hitoshi Ogawa, Japanese racing driver (d. 1992)
  • Feb 19 Steve Randell, Tasmanian cricket Test umpire (international panel)
  • Feb 22 Amy Alcott, American golfer (5-time major title winner; US Open 1980), born in Kansas City, Missouri

Person of interestEddie Murray

Feb 24 Eddie Murray, 1st baseman (Orioles, Dodgers, Cleveland Indians), born in Los Angeles, California

MLB 1st Baseman Eddie Murray
MLB 1st Baseman
Eddie Murray
  • Feb 25 Davie Cooper, soccer star
  • Feb 28 Jimmy Nicholl, Canadian-born Northern Irish footballer

Weddings in Sport


LoveWedding of Interest

Feb 14 MLB center fielder Willie Mays (24) weds Margherite Wendell Chapman in NYC, New York

MLB Legend Willie Mays
MLB Legend
Willie Mays

Deaths in Sport

  • Feb 3 Johnny Claes, Belgian racing driver (b. 1916)
  • Feb 5 Savilly Tartakower, Austrian/Polish/French chess player, dies at 74

Person of interestConnie Mack

Feb 8 Connie Mack, American Baseball Hall of Fame catcher, manager and owner (World Series 1910, 11, 13, 29, 30; most managerial wins, losses & games managed in MLB history; Philadelphia A's), dies at 93

Baseball Legend Connie Mack
Baseball Legend
Connie Mack