Events in Sport in August 1956

  • Aug 3 American sprinter Willie Williams sets 100m world record at 10.1 in Berlin, Germany
  • Aug 4 Lee Petty dismounts car on lap 32, waves red flag to field because of dusty conditions at NASCAR Grand National at Tulsa, Oklahoma; race halted and never completed
  • Aug 6 After going bankrupt in 1955, the American national broadcaster DuMont Television Network makes its final broadcast, a boxing match from St. Nicholas Arena

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Aug 7 Boston Red Sox fine slugger Ted Williams $5,000 for spitting at heckling Boston fans, third incident in 3 weeks

Baseball Player Ted Williams
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Ted Williams
  • Aug 7 51-year-old Satchel Paige (Miami Marlins) wins a game before the largest crowd in minor league history, 57,000 at Miami‚Äôs Orange Bowl; International League: Marlins 6-2 v Columbus Jets
  • Aug 10 23rd NFL Chicago All-Star Game: Cleveland 26, All-Stars 0 (75,000)
  • Aug 12 Marlene Bauer Hagge wins LPGA World Golf Championship
  • Aug 18 Cincinnati Reds (8) & Cubs (2) combine to hit 10 HRs in a 9 inning game
  • Aug 19 Fay Crocker wins LPGA St Louis Golf Open
  • Aug 26 Marlene Bauer wins LPGA Denver Golf Open
  • Aug 26 Yankees announce purchase of outfielder Enos Slaughter from KC
  • Aug 28 England retain cricket Ashes, Jim Laker 46 wickets in the series