October 1956 in Sport

Events in Sport

  • Oct 1 American jockey Johnny Heckmann becomes first to ride 7 winners at Hawthorne Race Course at Stickney/Cicero near Chicago, Illinois
  • Oct 3 Sal Maglie pitches a complete game as Brooklyn Dodgers beat NY Yankees, 6-3 in Game 1 of Baseball World Series at Ebbets Field; Yankees win series, 4-3

Event of interestEvent of Interest

Oct 5 Catcher Yogi Berra becomes 4th NY Yankee to hit a Baseball World Series grand slam in Game 2 at Ebbets Field in Brooklyn; Dodgers win, 13-8 but lose series, 4-3

MLB Catcher and Manager Yogi Berra
MLB Catcher and Manager
Yogi Berra
  • Oct 8 Don Larsen (NY Yankees) pitches only perfect World Series game vs Brooklyn
  • Oct 9 10th NHL All-Star Game, Montreal Forum, Montreal, QC: All-Stars tie Montreal Canadiens, 1-1
  • Oct 10 On Skowron's grand slammer NY Yanks beat Dodgers 9-0 in series game 7
  • Oct 15 Yankees Enos Slaughter scores from 1st on a single in World Series
  • Oct 25 White Sox manager Marty Marion resigns. AL Lopez replaces him
  • Oct 30 Dodgers sell Ebbets Field to a real estate group. They agree to stay until 1959, with an option to stay until 1961

Birthdays in Sport

  • Oct 1 Leslie Burr-Howard, equestrian show jumper (Olympic silver 1996)
  • Oct 4 Hans van Breukelen, Dutch soccer goaltender (PSV)

Person of interestSherri Turner

Oct 4 Sherri Turner, LPGA golfer (1988 Mazda LPGA Champ), born in Greenville, South Carolina

LPGA Golfer Sherri Turner
LPGA Golfer
Sherri Turner
  • Oct 7 Julio Pezua, Pervian-American jockey
  • Oct 8 Jeff Lahti, American baseball player (St. Louis Cardinals), born in Oregon City, Oregon
  • Oct 13 Anura Ranasinghe, Sri Lankan cricketer (Sri Lankan batsman in 3 Tests 1982), born in Kalatura, Sri Lanka

Person of interestBeth Daniel

Oct 14 Beth Daniel, American golfer (Women's PGA Championship 1990), born in Charleston, South Carolina

LPGA Golfer Beth Daniel
LPGA Golfer
Beth Daniel
  • Oct 16 Melissa Belote, American 100m/200m swimmer (Olympics 3 gold-1972), born in Washington, D.C.
  • Oct 16 Johnny Chavis, American football coach

Person of interestMartina Navratilova

Oct 18 Martina Navratilova, Czech/American tennis player (18 Grand Slam singles titles), born in Prague, Czech Republic

Tennis Player Martina Navratilova
Tennis Player
Martina Navratilova
  • Oct 19 Bruce Weber, American Basketball Coach, born in Milwaukee, Wisconsin
  • Oct 19 Didier Theys, Belgian racing driver
  • Oct 22 Frank DiPino, American baseball player
  • Oct 23 Betsy Nagelsen, tennis star, born in St Petersburg, Florida
  • Oct 23 Darrell Pace, archer (Olympic 2 gold/silver-1976, 84, 88), born in Cincinnati, Ohio

Person of interestPatty Sheehan

Oct 27 Patty Sheehan, American golfer (6 LPGA major titles incl. US Open 1992, 94), born in Middlebury, Vermont

LPGA Golfer Patty Sheehan
LPGA Golfer
Patty Sheehan
  • Oct 29 Wilfredo G√≥mez, Puerto Rican boxer
  • Oct 30 Leslie Webb, equestrian dressage (Olympics 1996)

Weddings in Sport


HeartWedding of Interest

Oct 6 Tennis player champ Ken Rosewall (21) weds Wilma McIver at St John's Church of England Cathedral in Brisbane, Australia

Tennis Player and Eight-Time Major Champion Ken Rosewall
Tennis Player and Eight-Time Major Champion
Ken Rosewall

HeartWedding of Interest

Oct 13 MLB player Roger Maris (22) weds high school sweetheart Pat Carvell at St. Anthony Padua Church

Baseball Player Roger Maris
Baseball Player
Roger Maris

Deaths in Sport

  • Oct 1 Stan Ockers, Belgian world champ cyclist (1955), dies at 36