1956 in Sport (Part 2)

Events in Sport

Events 101 - 131 of 131

  • 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)
  • Oct 3 Sal Maglie & Dodgers defeat Yanks 6-3 in opening game of World Series

Event of interestEvent of Interest

Oct 5 Yogi Berra becomes 4th Yank to hit a World Series grand slam

MLB Catcher and Manager Yogi Berra
MLB Catcher and Manager
Yogi Berra
  • Oct 7 Mary Lena Faulk wins LPGA Heart of America Golf Open
  • Oct 8 Don Larsen (NY Yankees) pitches only perfect World Series game vs Brooklyn
  • Oct 9 10th NHL All-Star Game: All-Stars beat Montreal 1-1 at Montreal
  • Oct 10 On Skowron's grand slammer NY Yanks beat Dodgers 9-0 in series game 7
  • Oct 14 Patty Berg wins LPGA Arkansas Golf Open
  • Oct 15 Yankees Enos Slaughter scores from 1st on a single in World Series
  • Oct 21 Betty Dodd wins LPGA Lawton Golf Open
  • 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
  • Nov 6 Netherlands and Spain withdraw from Olympics in protest against Soviet actions in the Hungarian Revolution

Event of interestEvent of Interest

Nov 17 Syracuse fullback Jim Brown, scores NCAA record of 43 pts (vs Colgate)

NFL Legend Jim Brown
NFL Legend
Jim Brown
  • Nov 22 16th modern Olympic games opens in Melbourne

Event of interestEvent of Interest

Nov 22 Bill Sharman (Boston) begins NBA free throw streak of 55 games

NBA Guard Bill Sharman
NBA Guard
Bill Sharman
  • Nov 24 44th CFL Grey Cup: Edmonton Eskimos defeats Montreal Alouettes, 50-27
  • Nov 26 USSR single sculls winner Vyacheslav Ivanov wins Olympic gold medal in his excitement he jumps for joy, & loses his medal, it sinks
  • Nov 27 1957 NFL Draft: Paul Hornung from University of Notre Dame first pick by Green Bay Packers

Sport defeatBoxing Title Fight

Nov 30 Floyd Patterson KOs Archie Moore in 5 for heavyweight boxing title

Boxer and Undisputed Heavyweight Champion Floyd Patterson
Boxer and Undisputed Heavyweight Champion
Floyd Patterson
Boxing Champion Archie Moore
Boxing Champion
Archie Moore
  • Dec 1 Alain Mimoun wins 13th Olympics marathon (2:25:00.0)
  • Dec 1 21st Iron Bowl: Auburn beats Alabama 34-7 in Birmingham

Event of interestEvent of Interest

Dec 3 Wilt Chamberlain's 1st collegiate basketball game (scores 52)

NBA Legend Wilt Chamberlain
NBA Legend
Wilt Chamberlain
  • Dec 4 22nd Heisman Trophy Award: Paul Hornung, Notre Dame (QB)
  • Dec 8 16th Olympic games close at Melbourne, Australia

Event of interestEvent of Interest

Dec 13 Dodgers trade Jackie Robinson to Giants for pitcher Dick Littlefield & $35,000. Robinson will retire rather than be traded.

Baseball Player Jackie Robinson
Baseball Player
Jackie Robinson
  • Dec 18 Phil Rizzuto signs as NY Yankee radio-TV announcer
  • Dec 27 45th Davis Cup: Australia beats USA in Adelaide (5-0)
  • Dec 27 Bill Sharman (Boston) ends NBA free throw streak of 55 games
  • Dec 30 NY Giants beat Chicago Bears 47-7 in NFL championship game

Birthdays in Sport

Birthdays 101 - 200 of 215

  • Jun 14 Frederick Funk, Takoma Park MD, PGA golfer (1992 Shell Houston Open)
  • Jun 15 Lance Parrish, baseball player
  • Jun 17 Nick Cook, English cricketer (left arm slow bowler in 15 Tests 1983-89), born in Leicester
  • Jun 20 Peter Reid, English former footballer
  • Jun 21 Mikhail Burtsev, USSR, sabres (Olympic gold 1976)
  • Jun 21 Rick Sutcliffe, pitcher (LA Dodgers, Chicago Cubs)
  • Jun 22 Alfons De Wolf, Belgian cyclist
  • Jun 23 Tony Hill, American football player
  • Jun 27 Jeff Odintz, American horse trainer, born in Brooklyn, New York
  • Jun 27 Brad Childress, American football coach, born in Aurora, Illinois
  • Jun 29 Pedro Guerrero, baseball player
  • Jul 1 Brian Sabean, American MLB executive (SF Giants World Series 2010, 12, 14), born in Concord, New Hampshire
  • 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 13 Bill Caudill, American MLB reliever (All Star 1984), born in Santa Monica, California
  • 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, American figure skater (Olympic gold 1976), born in Chicago, Illinois
  • 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
  • Aug 3 Todd Christensen, NFL player (Oakland) and sportscaster, born in Bellefonte, Pennsylvania (d. 2013)
  • Aug 8 Wes Chandler, Florida, WLAF wide receiver coach (Rhein Fire)
  • Aug 10 Dianne Fromhottz, Balestrat Australia, tennis star
  • Aug 12 Sidath Wettimuny, Sri Lanka cricket opener (190 v England Lords 1984)
  • Aug 14 Rusty Wallace, American race car driver
  • Aug 16 Colleen Walker, LPGA golfer (1988 Mazda Champions), born in Jacksonville, Florida
  • Aug 16 Dominic Erban, French rugby international player
  • Aug 16 Daniel Willems, Belgian cyclist
  • Aug 17 Álvaro Pino, Spanish cyclist
  • Aug 18 Sandeep Patil, cricketer (Indian batsman Great 174 v Adelaide 1981)
  • Aug 19 Cindy Nelson, American skier (Olympic bronze 1976)
  • Aug 20 Alvin Greenidge, cricketer (WI opener, no relation to Gordon or Geoff)
  • Aug 22 Jeffrey Lloyd, South African jockey based in Australia, born in Durban, South Africa
  • Aug 22 Paul Molitor, infielder (Mn Twins, 1993 World Series MVP), born in Saint Paul, Minnesota
  • Aug 22 Peter Taylor, Australian cricketer (Australian off-spinner 1987-92), born in North Sydney, New South Wales, Australia
  • Aug 24 Gerry Cooney, heavyweight boxer (US Olympics team 1980)
  • Aug 25 Henri Toivonen, Finnish rally driver, born in Jyväskylä, Finland (d. 1986)
  • Aug 26 Mark Mangino, American football coach
  • Aug 28 Beverley Goddard-Callender, English track and field athelete (Olympic bronze 1980, 84), born in Barbados
  • Aug 29 Kelly Murray, Canadian Tour golfer (985 Alberta Open), born in Vancouver, British Columbia
  • Sep 2 Mario Tremblay, Canadian hockey player and coach
  • Sep 3 Hans-Georg Beyer, German DR, team handball player (Olympic gold 1980)
  • Sep 4 Shane Gould, freestyle swimmer (Olympics 3 Gold-1972)
  • Sep 5 Steve Denton, tennis player (world's fastest tennis serve-138 mph), born in Kingsville, Texas
  • Sep 6 Pam Allen, LPGA golfer (1988 Planters Pat Bradley-12th), born in Billings, Montana
  • Sep 7 Byron Stevenson, British footballer (Leeds United), born in Llanelli, Wales (d. 2007)
  • Sep 8 Maurice Cheeks, NBA guard (NY Knicks, Philadelphia '76ers)
  • Sep 12 Chip Beck, American golfer (runner-up US Open 1986, 89 Masters 1993), 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, USSR, 52 kg freestyle wrestler (Olympic gold 1980)
  • Sep 16 Sergei Beloglazov, USSR, 57 kg freestyle wrestler (Olympic gold 1980)
  • Sep 17 Thad Bosley. American major league baseball player
  • Sep 18 Peter Šťastný, Slovak ice hockey player
  • 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 footballer
  • Sep 24 Ilona Briesenick-Slupianek, German DR, shot-putter (Olympic gold 1980)
  • Sep 26 Steve Butler, American racing driver
  • Sep 29 Sebastian Coe, British 1500m runner (Olympic gold 1980, 84), born in London, England
  • 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
  • Oct 10 Melissa Belote, 100m/200m swimmer (Olympics 3 gold-1972)
  • Oct 13 Anura Ranasinghe, cricketer (Sri Lankan batsman in 3 Tests 1982)

Person of interestBeth Daniel

Oct 14 Beth Daniel, American LPGA golfer (1990 Kemper Open), born in Charleston, South Carolina

LPGA Golfer Beth Daniel
LPGA Golfer
Beth Daniel
  • 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 Sue Barker, tennis pro (French Open 1976)
  • 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 Gómez, Puerto Rican boxer
  • Oct 30 Leslie Webb, equestrian dressage (Olympics 1996)
  • Nov 3 Bob Welch, American MLB pitcher (Oakland), born in Seal Beach, CA, (d. 2014)
  • Nov 6 Graeme Wood, Australian cricketer (Australian lefty opening batsman 1978-88), born in East Fremantle, Australia
  • Nov 8 Beverly Klass, LPGA golfer
  • Nov 16 Terry Labonte, American NASCAR driver
  • Nov 18 Tony Franklin, NFL kicker (Philadelphia Eagles, New England Patriots)
  • Nov 18 Warren Moon, NFL quarterback (Houston Oilers, Seahawks, Vikings)
  • Nov 18 Noel Brotherston, Northern Irish footballer (d. 1995)
  • Nov 20 Mark Gastineau, NFL end (NY Jets, Pro Bowl 1981-85)
  • Nov 23 Bruce Edgar, cricketer (NZ opener through the 80')
  • Nov 23 Shane Gould, Brisbane Queensland, swimmer (Olympic-3 gold-1972)
  • Nov 25 Liana Vicens, Puerto Rico, 100m breaststroke (Olympics 1968)

Weddings in Sport


Deaths in Sport