On This Day

September 1956 in Sports History

Events in Sport

  • Sep 2 Juan Manuel Fangio of Argentina finishes 2nd in Italian GP at Monza to win his 3rd straight F1 World Drivers Championship by 3 points from Englishman Stirling Moss
  • Sep 2 British Ferrari driver Peter Collins sportingly hands over his car to retired teammate Juan Manuel Fangio during season ending Italian Grand Prix at Monza; Fangio finishes 2nd to win F1 World Drivers Championship
  • Sep 3 American Johnny Longden becomes thoroughbred racing's winningest rider, breaking the record of 4,870 wins by British jockey Sir Gordon Richards; rides Arrogate to victory in the Del Mar Handicap

Sport awardUS Men's Tennis Open

Sep 9 US National Championship Men's Tennis, Forest Hills, NY: In an all-Australian final Ken Rosewall wins his first US singles title, beating Lew Hoad 4-6, 6-2, 6-3, 6-3

Tennis Player and Eight-Time Major Champion Ken Rosewall
Tennis Player and Eight-Time Major Champion
Ken Rosewall
Tennis Player and Four-Time Major Champion Lew Hoad
Tennis Player and Four-Time Major Champion
Lew Hoad

Sport awardUS Open Women's Tennis

Sep 9 US National Championship Women's Tennis, Forest Hills, NY: In an all-American final Shirley Fry Irvin beats Althea Gibson 6-3, 6-4 for her only US singles crown

Tennis Player Althea Gibson
Tennis Player
Althea Gibson

Event of interestEvent of Interest

Sep 11 Cincinnati Reds outfielder Frank Robinson ties rookie record with his 38th HR

MLB Hall of Fame Outfielder and Manager Frank Robinson
MLB Hall of Fame Outfielder and Manager
Frank Robinson

Sports record brokenBaseball Record

Sep 11 New York Yankees Yogi Berra ties career record for HRs (236) by a catcher

MLB Catcher and Manager Yogi Berra
MLB Catcher and Manager
Yogi Berra
  • Sep 17 Yanks clinch pennant #22 on Mantle's 50th homer of year

Sports record brokenBaseball Record

Sep 18 Mickey Mantle is 8th to hit 50 HRs in a season

Baseball Legend Mickey Mantle
Baseball Legend
Mickey Mantle
  • Sep 21 New York Yankees set dubious MLB record, stranding 20 on base; Mickey Mantle hits a 500' plus homer but rival Boston Red Sox win 13-9 at Fenway Park
  • Sep 25 Brooklyn Dodger Sal Maglie no-hits Philadelphia Phillies, 5-0
  • Sep 29 "I Love Mickey" by Mickey Mantle & Teresa Brewer peaks at #87
  • Sep 29 Yanks Mickey Mantle hits his 52nd HR of season
  • Sep 30 Phillies Robin Roberts gives up a major league record 46th HR
  • Sep 30 White Sox Jim Derrington, 16, is youngest to start a game (he loses)

Birthdays in Sport

  • Sep 2 Mario Tremblay, Canadian hockey player and coach
  • Sep 3 Hans-Georg Beyer, East German team handball player (Olympic gold 1980), born in Eisenhüttenstadt, Germany
  • Sep 5 Steve Denton, American tennis player (world's fastest tennis serve-138 mph), born in Kingsville, Texas
  • Sep 7 Byron Stevenson, British footballer (Leeds United), born in Llanelli, Wales (d. 2007)
  • Sep 8 Maurice Cheeks, American NBA guard (NY Knicks, Philadelphia '76ers), born in Chicago, Illinois
  • Sep 12 Chip Beck, American golfer (US Open 1986, 89, Masters 1993 runner-up; shot 59 in 1991), born in Fayetteville, North Carolina
  • Sep 12 Ricky Rudd, American race car driver, born in Norfolk County, Virginia
  • Sep 14 Ray Wilkins, English former footballer and captain of the National Soccer Team, born in Hillingdon, England (d. 2018)
  • Sep 16 Anatoly Beloglazov, Russian 52 kg freestyle wrestler (Olympic gold 1980), born in Kaliningrad, Russia
  • Sep 16 Sergei Beloglazov, Russian 57 kg freestyle wrestler (Olympic gold 1980, 88), born in Kaliningrad, Russia
  • Sep 16 Marcelo Campo, Argentine rugby union winger (20 Tests Argentina, 6 South America; Pueyrredón SC), born in Quilmes, Argentina (d. 2021)
  • Sep 17 Thad Bosley. American major league baseball player
  • Sep 18 Peter Šťastný, Slovak-Canadian ice hockey player, born in Bratislava, Czechoslovakia
  • Sep 19 Juan Manuel Fangio II, Argentine racing driver, born in Balcarce, Buenos Aires, Argentina
  • Sep 21 Jack Givens, American basketball player
  • Sep 23 Paolo Rossi, Italian soccer striker (48 caps; FIFA World Cup 1982 [Golden Boot, Golden Ball]; L.R. Vicenza, Juventus), born in Prato, Italy (d. 2020)
  • Sep 24 Ilona Slupianek, German shot-putter (Olympic gold 1980), born in Demmin, East Germany
  • Sep 26 Steve Butler, American racing driver, born in Amarillo, Texas
  • Sep 28 Bob Miller, American ice hockey center (47 games USA; Boston Bruins, Colorado Rockies, LA Kings), born in Medford, Massachusetts (d. 2020)

Person of interestSebastian Coe

Sep 29 Sebastian Coe, British 1500m runner (Olympic gold 1980, 84), born in London, England

1500m Runner Sebastian Coe
1500m Runner
Sebastian Coe

Deaths in Sport

  • Sep 7 C. B. Fry, English cricket batsman (26 Tests, 2 x 100s; Sussex, Hampshire), dies at 84
  • Sep 16 Shorty Ray, American football player and supervisor of NFL officials, dies at 71

Person of interestBabe Didrikson Zaharias

Sep 27 Babe Didrikson Zaharias, American all-round athlete (10 LPGA majors, Olympic gold medals 80m hurdles, javelin 1932), dies of colon cancer at 45

All-Round Athlete and Golfer Babe Didrikson Zaharias
All-Round Athlete and Golfer
Babe Didrikson Zaharias