On This Day

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
Baseball Player
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 18 Cincinnati Reds (8) & Cubs (2) combine to hit 10 HRs in a 9 inning game
  • Aug 25 To make room for Enos Slaughter, NY Yanks release Phil Rizzuto
  • Aug 26 Yankees announce purchase of outfielder Enos Slaughter from KC
  • Aug 28 Australia clings on for a draw in 5th Test at The Oval, London; England retain cricket Ashes with Jim Laker's 46 wickets a record series haul