January 1956 in Sport

Events in Sport

  • 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 6th NFL Pro Bowl, Los Angeles Memorial Coliseum: Eastern Conference beats Western Conference, 31-30; MVP: Ollie Matson, Baltimore Colts, RB

Event of interestEvent of Interest

Jan 19 Hoboken dedicates a plaque honoring achievements of Alexander Cartwright in organizing early baseball at Elysian Field

Inventor of Modern Baseball Alexander Cartwright
Inventor of Modern Baseball
Alexander Cartwright

Sport awardNBA All-Star Game

Jan 24 6th NBA All Star Game, Rochester War Memorial Coliseum, NY: West beats East, 108-94; MVP: Bob Pettit, St. Louis Hawks, C

NBA Forward Bob Pettit
NBA Forward
Bob Pettit
  • Jan 26 VII 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 27 Veikko Hakulinen of Finland wins Olympic 30k cross country gold medal at Cortina d'Ampezzo; second career Olympic title after taking out the 15k event in Oslo (1952)
  • Jan 28 Austrian skier Toni Sailer wins the giant slalom at the Cortina d'Ampezzo Winter Olympics on his way to a sweep of the 3 alpine skiing events at the Games
  • Jan 28 Italy goes 1-2 in the 2-man bobsleigh at the Cortina d'Ampezzo Winter Olympics; along with silver in 4-man event, the only medals for the home nation at the Games
  • Jan 30 Australian Championships Women's Tennis: Mary Carter Reitano beats fellow Australian Thelma Coyne Long 3-6, 6-2, 9-7 for her 1st Australian singles title

Sport awardAustralian Tennis Open

Jan 30 Australian Championships Men's Tennis: Lew Hoad beats fellow Australian Ken Rosewall 6-4, 3-6, 6-4, 7-5 for his first Grand Slam title

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
  • Jan 30 Hallgeir Brenden of Norway wins Olympic 15k cross country gold medal at the Cortina d'Ampezzo Winter Games; his 2nd career Olympic title after taking out the 18k event in Oslo (1952)
  • Jan 30 Soviet 500m speed skating champion Yevgeni Grishin wins 2nd gold medal of the Cortina d'Ampezzo Winter Olympics when he dead heats team mate Yuri Mikhatlov in the 1,500m in world record 2:08.6
  • Jan 31 Austrian skier Toni Sailer wins the slalom at the Cortina d'Ampezzo Winter Olympics for his 2nd gold medal of the Games; sweeps all 3 alpine skiing events

Birthdays in Sport

  • Jan 3 Willy T. Ribbs, American race car driver, born in San Jose, California
  • Jan 7 Rosalyn Bryant, American 4x400m runner (Olympic silver 1976), born in Chicago, Illinois
  • Jan 9 David Smith, English cricketer (England lefty batsman in 2 Tests v WI 1986), born in Balham, London
  • Jan 15 Paul Parker, English cricketer (one Test England v Australia 1981), born in Bulawayo, Zimbabwe
  • Jan 15 Vera Sosulya, Soviet tobogganist (Olympic gold 1980)
  • Jan 16 Wayne Daniel, cricketer (WI fast bowler 1976-84)
  • Jan 16 Martin Jol, Dutch football manager
  • Jan 20 John McNally, American rapid fire pistol sport shooter (Olympics 1984, 88, 92, 96), born in Naha, Okinawa
  • Jan 20 John Phillips Naber, American swimmer (Olympic-4 gold/silver-76), born in Evanston, Illinois
  • Jan 30 Keiichi Tsuchiya, Japanese racing driver, born in Tomi, Japan

Deaths in Sport

  • Jan 21 Sam Langford, Canadian boxer (b. 1883)