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1956 In Baseball

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1956 In Baseball

The following are the baseball events of the year 1956 throughout the world.


  • Champions 1
    • Major League Baseball 1.1
    • Other champions 1.2
  • Awards and honors 2
  • Major League Baseball statistical leaders 3
  • Major league baseball final standings 4
    • American League final standings 4.1
    • National League final standings 4.2
  • Events 5
    • January–March 5.1
    • April–June 5.2
    • July–September 5.3
    • October–December 5.4
  • Births 6
    • January–February 6.1
    • March–April 6.2
    • May–June 6.3
    • July–August 6.4
    • September–October 6.5
    • November–December 6.6
  • Deaths 7


Major League Baseball

Other champions

Awards and honors

Major League Baseball statistical leaders

American League National League
AVG Mickey Mantle1 NYY .353 Hank Aaron MLB .324
HR Mickey Mantle1 NYY 52 Duke Snider BRO 43
RBI Mickey Mantle1 NYY 130 Stan Musial STL 109
Wins Frank Lary DET 21 Don Newcombe BRO 27
ERA Whitey Ford NYY 2.47   Lew Burdette MLB 2.70  
Ks Herb Score CLE 263 Sam Jones CHC 176

1 Major League Triple Crown Batting Winner

Major league baseball final standings



  • February 6 - Supporting the Wagner-Cashmore plan to build a $30-million downtown Brooklyn sports center, Brooklyn Dodgers owner Walter O'Malley promises to buy four million dollars worth of bonds.












  • January 4 - John Beckwith, 55, star infielder of the Negro Leagues
  • January 10 - Algie McBride, 86, outfielder for the Chicago Colts, Cincinnati Reds, and New York Giants from 1896 to 1901.
  • January 23 - Billy Evans, 71, American League umpire from 1906 to 1927, later the general manager of the Indians and Tigers
  • January 31 - Buck Weaver, 65, one of the eight Chicago White Sox players suspended for life in the Black Sox scandal
  • February 8 - Long Tom Hughes, 77, pitcher for the Chicago Orphans at the turn of the 20th century and one of the first World Series pitchers ever, in 1903, with the Boston Americans
  • February 8 - Connie Mack, 93, Hall of Fame manager of the Philadelphia Athletics from 1901 to 1950, retiring with a record 3,731 victories
  • February 25 - Jack Lewis, 72, second baseman for the Boston Red Sox and Pittsburgh Rebels between 1911 and 1915
  • April 18 - John Heydler, 86, National League president from 1918 to 1934
  • May 6 - Harry Ostdiek, 75, catcher who played for the Cleveland Naps (1904) and Boston Red Sox (1908)
  • May 26 - Al Simmons, 54, Hall of Fame outfielder who batted a career .334 and was named the AL's MVP in 1929 by The Sporting News
  • June 2 - Denny Sullivan, 73, center fielder for the Washington Senators, Boston Red Sox/Americans and Cleveland Naps between 1905 and 1909
  • September 22 - Jesse Tannehill, 82, 6-time winner of 20 games with the Pittsburgh Pirates and Boston Red Sox
  • October 13 - George Dumont, 60, pitcher for the Washington Senators and Boston Red Sox between 1915 and 1919
  • October 30 - Dick Midkiff, 42, pitcher for the 1938 Boston Red Sox
  • November 22 - Roy Carlyle, 55, outfielder for the Washington Senators, Boston Red Sox and New York Yankees in the 1920s
  • November 27 – Charlie Peete, 27, St. Louis Cardinals outfielder, in a plane crash in Venezuela while playing winter baseball
  • November 30 - John Shea, 59, pitcher for the 1928 Boston Red Sox
  • December 27 - Hob Hiller, 63, infielder for the Boston Red Sox in the early 1920s

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