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 NFL Pro Bowl: East beats West 31-30

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
  • 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

Birthdays in Sport

  • Jan 3 Willy T. Ribbs, American race car driver, born in San Jose, California
  • Jan 7 Robin Walton, LPGA golfer (1995 GHP Heartland Classic-15th), born in Boise, Idaho
  • Jan 7 Rosalyn Bryant, 4x400m runner (Olympic silver 1976), born in Chicago, Illinois
  • Jan 9 David Smith, cricketer (England lefty batsman in 2 Tests v WI 1986)
  • Jan 15 Paul Parker, cricketer (one Test England v Australia 1981)
  • Jan 15 Vera Sosulya, USSR, toboggan (Olympic gold 1980)
  • Jan 16 Wayne Daniel, cricketer (WI fast bowler 1976-84)
  • Jan 16 Martin Jol, Dutch football manager
  • Jan 20 John McNally, Naha Okinawa, US rapid fire pistol (Olympics 1984, 88, 92, 96)
  • Jan 20 John Phillips Naber, swimmer (Olympic-4 gold/silver-76), born in Evanston, Illinois
  • Jan 22 Becky Pearson, LPGA golfer
  • Jan 27 Fred Quillan, WLAF offensive coach (Frankfurt Galaxy), born in Portland, Oregon
  • Jan 30 Keiichi Tsuchiya, Japanese racing driver

Deaths in Sport

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