July 1956 in Sport

Events in Sport

  • Jul 1 Beverly Hanson wins LPGA Western Golf Open

Sport awardTennis Open

Jul 6 70th Wimbledon Men's Tennis: Lew Hoad beats Ken Rosewall (6-2 4-6 7-5 6-4)

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
  • Jul 6 85th British Golf Open: Peter Thomson shoots a 286 at Hoylake England
  • Jul 6 Ford Frick inaugurates Cy Young Award, to honor outstanding pitcher
  • Jul 7 63rd Wimbledon Women's Tennis: Shirley Fry beats Angela Buxton (63 61)
  • Jul 8 Joyce Ziske wins LPGA Syracuse Golf Open
  • Jul 10 23rd All Star Baseball Game: NL wins 7-3 at Griffith Stadium, Washington, D.C.
  • Jul 14 Boston Red Sox Mel Parnell no-hits Chicago White Sox, 4-0
  • Jul 15 Beverly Hanson/Kathy Cornelius wins LPGA Hot Springs Golf Invitational
  • Jul 16 Detroit Tigers & Briggs Stadium sold for then record $5.5 million

Sports record brokenBaseball Record

Jul 20 Yankee pitcher Whitey Ford ties AL record of 6 straight strike-outs

MLB Pitcher Whitey Ford
MLB Pitcher
Whitey Ford
  • Jul 21 Cincinnati Reds pitcher Brooks Lawrence loses after 13 straight wins

Hall of fameHall of Fame

Jul 23 Joe Cronin & Hank Greenberg inducted into Baseball Hall of Fame

Baseball Player Hank Greenberg
Baseball Player
Hank Greenberg
  • Jul 24 Dodgers lose to the Reds, 2-1, playing in Jersey City's Roosevelt Stadium
  • Jul 25 38th PGA Championship: Jack Burke at Blue Hill CC Boston
  • Jul 28 43rd Tour de France won by Roger Walkowiak of France
  • Jul 29 11th US Women's Open Golf Championship won by Kathy Cornelius

Birthdays in Sport

  • Jul 1 Bill Caudill, baseball player
  • Jul 2 Leslie Reid, equestrian dressage (Olympics 1996), born in Vancouver, British Columbia
  • Jul 3 Eddie Edwards, South Africa, tennis star
  • Jul 5 James Lofton, NFL wide receiver (Bills, Packers, Raiders)
  • Jul 6 Matt Bahr, NFL kicker (NE Patriots, NY Giants)
  • Jul 8 Millard Frank Hampton, 4x100m runner (Olympic gold 1976), born in Fresno, California
  • Jul 12 Mario Soto, Dominican baseball player
  • Jul 15 Kathy Kreiner, Canadian giant slalom (Olympic gold 1976)
  • Jul 15 Toshihiko Seko, Japanese runner (world record 25/30 km)

Person of interestBryan Trottier

Jul 17 Bryan Trottier, American NHL Center (NY Islanders), born in Val Marie, Saskatchewan

NHL Star Bryan Trottier
NHL Star
Bryan Trottier
  • Jul 18 Razor Shines, American baseball player, manager and coach
  • Jul 20 Charlie Magri, world champ flyweight boxer (1983)

Person of interestMima Jausovec

Jul 20 Mima Jausovec, Yugoslavian tennis player (French Open-1977), born in Maribor, Yugoslavia

Tennis Player and French Open Champion Mima Jausovec
Tennis Player and French Open Champion
Mima Jausovec
  • Jul 22 Michael Spinks, American middleweight boxer (Olympic gold 1976)
  • Jul 26 Dorothy Hamill, Riverside Ct, figure skater (Olympic gold 1976)
  • Jul 29 Brenda Hocott, LPGA golfer
  • Jul 29 Teddy Atlas, American boxing trainer and commentator
  • Jul 31 Bill Callahan, American football coach, born in Chicago, Illinois

Deaths in Sport

  • Jul 10 Joe Giard, American baseball player (b. 1898)
  • Jul 20 Ken Burn, cricketer (Tasmanian rep on 1890 Ashes tour, 2 Tests), dies
  • Jul 27 Mick Commaille, South African cricketer and soccer rep (12 Tests for South Africa 1910-28), dies at 73