Tag: 1956

The Dodgers trade Jackie Robinson to the cross-town rivals, the Giants, for pitcher Dick Littlefield and $35,000. Jackie, according to some accounts had already decided privately to leave the game to work for Chock Full of Nuts, publicly retires from baseball rather than accept the trade.

1956 – The Dodgers trade Jackie Robinson to the cross-town rivals, the Giants, for pitcher Dick Littlefield and $35,000. Jackie, according to some accounts had already decided privately to leave the game to work for Chock Full of Nuts, publicly retires from baseball rather than accept the trade.

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A major league player association is formed with Bob Feller, a future Hall of Fame hurler with the Indians, being named its first president. The labor organization, one of many attempts by the players to form a union, will prove to be very successful a decade later when Marvin Miller is hired to be the MLBPA’s first executive director in 1966.

A major league player association is formed with Bob Feller, a future Hall of Fame hurler with the Indians, being named its first president. The labor organization, one of many attempts by the players to form a union, will prove to be very successful a decade later when Marvin Miller is hired to be the MLBPA’s first executive director in 1966.

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The Cubs buy perennial backup C Charlie Silvera from the Yankees. They also trade pitchers Sad Sam Jones and Jim Davis, IF Eddie Miksis, and C Hobie Landrith to the Cardinals for pitchers Tom Poholsky and Jackie Collum, C Ray Katt, and a minor league pitcher.

The Cubs buy perennial backup C Charlie Silvera from the Yankees. They also trade pitchers Sad Sam Jones and Jim Davis, IF Eddie Miksis, and C Hobie Landrith to the Cardinals for pitchers Tom Poholsky and Jackie Collum, C Ray Katt, and a minor league pitcher.

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Similar to the National League, the Junior Circuit opts for a three-game playoff in case of a tie at the end of the regular season. Previously, a deadlock in the American League had been broken with one-game winner-take-all format. However, the new format will never need to be used until the leagues break into two divisions in 1969.

Similar to the National League, the Junior Circuit opts for a three-game playoff in case of a tie at the end of the regular season. Previously, a deadlock in the American League had been broken with one-game winner-take-all format. However, the new format will never need to be used until the leagues break into two divisions in 1969.

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Outfielder Frank Robinson of the Cincinnati Reds is unanimously voted the National League Rookie of the Year

Outfielder Frank Robinson of the Cincinnati Redlegs is unanimously voted the National League Rookie of the Year. In the American League, Chicago White Sox shortstop Luis Aparicio is voted Rookie of the Year with 22 points, beating out Baltimore’s Tito Francona and Rocky Colavito of the Indians.

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In front of an estimated 100,000 at the Melbourne Cricket Ground, the U.S. Army baseball team beats an Australian All-Star team, 11 – 5, in an Olympic exhibition game. Sergeant Vance Sutton hits a grand slam.

In front of an estimated 100,000 at the Melbourne Cricket Ground, the U.S. Army baseball team beats an Australian All-Star team, 11 – 5, in an Olympic exhibition game. Sergeant Vance Sutton hits a grand slam.

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The Indians name Major Kerby Farrell as the team’s new manager, replacing Al Lopez who resign on the last day of the season after finishing his six-year tenure with a franchise-best 570-354 (.617) record. The Tribe’s 43 year-old new skipper led the AA Indianapolis Indians to the Junior World Series title, sweeping the Rochester Red Wings (Cardinals) in four games at the end of September.

The Indians name Major Kerby Farrell as the team’s new manager, replacing Al Lopez who resign on the last day of the season after finishing his six-year tenure with a franchise-best 570-354 (.617) record. The Tribe’s 43 year-old new skipper led the AA Indianapolis Indians to the Junior World Series title, sweeping the Rochester Red Wings (Cardinals) in four games at the end of September.

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Brooklyn starter Don Newcombe receives major league baseball’s inaugural CY Young Award

After winning the MVP last week and the Rookie of the Year in 1949, Brooklyn starter Don Newcombe (27-7, 3.06) receives major league baseball’s inaugural Cy Young Award, an honor that will be given to just one hurler until 1967 when each league will name a winner of the prestigious pitching prize. The Dodgers’ director of Community Affairs remains the only player in baseball history to have won all three major postseason awards.

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Outfielder Charlie Peete, given a good shot at being the first black starter on the St. Louis Cardinals, is killed in a plane crash in Caracas, Venezuela. Peete, who had appeared in 23 games for St. Louis in 1956, was returning from playing winter ball.

Outfielder Charlie Peete, given a good shot at being the first black starter on the St. Louis Cardinals, is killed in a plane crash in Caracas, Venezuela. Peete, who had appeared in 23 games for St. Louis in 1956, was returning from playing winter ball.

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The Pirates threaten to move the franchise from Pittsburgh unless a new municipal stadium is built to replace the 47 year-old Forbes Field. The second division club drew 949,878 fans, the fifth-best total of the eight National League teams.

The Pirates threaten to move the franchise from Pittsburgh unless a new municipal stadium is built to replace the 47 year-old Forbes Field. The second division club drew 949,878 fans, the fifth-best total of the eight National League teams.

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The sale of the historical, but out-of-date, Ebbets Field to real estate developer Marvin Kratter becomes one of the first indications the ballpark is nearing its end, and, perhaps, a harbinger of the Dodgers’ departure from Brooklyn. As part of the deal, club owner Walter O’Malley is given a three-year lease, with an additional two years to be added in January, to stay and play at the Flatbush facility, which means the ‘Bums’ have a potential home in the borough until 1961.

The sale of the historical, but out-of-date, Ebbets Field to real estate developer Marvin Kratter becomes one of the first indications the ballpark is nearing its end, and, perhaps, a harbinger of the Dodgers’ departure from Brooklyn. As part of the deal, club owner Walter O’Malley is given a three-year lease, with an additional two years to be added in January, to stay and play at the Flatbush facility, which means the ‘Bums’ have a potential home in the borough until 1961.

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Al Lopez replaces Marty Marion, who recently resigned as the manager of the White Sox. Chicago’s new skipper will pilot the Pale Hose to an 840-650 (.564) record and an American League pennant during his 11-year tenure in the Windy City.

Al Lopez replaces Marty Marion, who recently resigned as the manager of the White Sox. Chicago’s new skipper will pilot the Pale Hose to an 840-650 (.564) record and an American League pennant during his 11-year tenure in the Windy City.

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Al Lopez replaces Marty Marion, who recently resigned as the manager of the White Sox. Chicago’s new skipper will pilot the Pale Hose to an 840-650 (.564) record and an American League pennant during his 11-year tenure in the Windy City.

Al Lopez replaces Marty Marion, who recently resigned as the manager of the White Sox. Chicago’s new skipper will pilot the Pale Hose to an 840-650 (.564) record and an American League pennant during his 11-year tenure in the Windy City.

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1956 – Playing below par after their seven-game World Series loss to the Yankees, the Brooklyn Dodgers lose the first game of an exhibition series in Japan to the Yomiuri Giants, 5 – 4. Nonetheless, the Dodgers will win 14 games, lose four, and tie one in the series.

1956 – Playing below par after their seven-game World Series loss to the Yankees, the Brooklyn Dodgers lose the first game of an exhibition series in Japan to the Yomiuri Giants, 5 – 4. Nonetheless, the Dodgers will win 14 games, lose four, and tie one in the series.

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In Game 7 of the World Series, Johnny Kucks blanks Brooklyn, 9-0, to give the Yankees their 17th World Championship in franchise history

In Game 7 of the World Series, Johnny Kucks, allowing just three singles, blanks Brooklyn, 9-0, to give the Yankees their 17th World Championship in franchise history. In the last postseason game played at Ebbets Field, the 24 year-old right-hander ends the game by striking out Jackie Robinson, which turns out to be the Dodger infielder’s final major league at-bat when he decides to retire after being traded to the Giants in the off-season.

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U.S. President Dwight Eisenhower, during a morning news conference, indicates he is not in favor of the Washington Senators shifting their franchise to another city and would like to see the District of Columbia get a new baseball stadium, a proposal the Congress has been working on for the past decade. Club president Cal Griffith, who has disclosed other municipalities, including Los Angeles, San Francisco, and Louisville, have made attractive offers to attract the team, has acknowledged he is willing to stay in the nation’s capital if a new stadium plan is approved.

U.S. President Dwight Eisenhower, during a morning news conference, indicates he is not in favor of the Washington Senators shifting their franchise to another city and would like to see the District of Columbia get a new baseball stadium, a proposal the Congress has been working on for the past decade. Club president Cal Griffith, who has disclosed other municipalities, including Los Angeles, San Francisco, and Louisville, have made attractive offers to attract the team, has acknowledged he is willing to stay in the nation’s capital if a new stadium plan is approved.

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U.S. President Dwight Eisenhower, during a morning news conference, indicates he is not in favor of the Washington Senators shifting their franchise to another city and would like to see the District of Columbia get a new baseball stadium, a proposal the Congress has been working on for the past decade. Club president Cal Griffith, who has disclosed other municipalities, including Los Angeles, San Francisco, and Louisville, have made attractive offers to attract the team, has acknowledged he is willing to stay in the nation’s capital if a new stadium plan is approved.

U.S. President Dwight Eisenhower, during a morning news conference, indicates he is not in favor of the Washington Senators shifting their franchise to another city and would like to see the District of Columbia get a new baseball stadium, a proposal the Congress has been working on for the past decade. Club president Cal Griffith, who has disclosed other municipalities, including Los Angeles, San Francisco, and Louisville, have made attractive offers to attract the team, has acknowledged he is willing to stay in the nation’s capital if a new stadium plan is approved.

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At the age of 16, Jim Derrington becomes the youngest pitcher to start a major league game this century. The teenager loses to the A’s 7-6, but singles, becoming the youngest player to get a hit in the American League.

At the age of 16, Jim Derrington becomes the youngest pitcher to start a major league game this century. The teenager loses to the A’s 7-6, but singles, becoming the youngest player to get a hit in the American League.

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Don Newcombe, a three-time twenty-game winner, goes the distance to earn his major-league leading 27th victory when the Dodgers beat Pittsburgh at Forbes Field, 8-6, on the last day of the campaign. Newk’s win is the most ever in a season by an African-American pitcher.

Don Newcombe, a three-time twenty-game winner, goes the distance to earn his major-league leading 27th victory when the Dodgers beat Pittsburgh at Forbes Field, 8-6, on the last day of the campaign. Newk’s win is the most ever in a season by an African-American pitcher.

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At the age of 16, Jim Derrington becomes the youngest pitcher to start a major league game this century. The teenager loses to the A’s 7-6, but singles, becoming the youngest player to get a hit in the American League.

At the age of 16, Jim Derrington becomes the youngest pitcher to start a major league game this century. The teenager loses to the A’s 7-6, but singles, becoming the youngest player to get a hit in the American League.

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Don Newcombe, a three-time twenty-game winner, goes the distance to earn his major-league leading 27th victory when the Dodgers beat Pittsburgh at Forbes Field, 8-6, on the last day of the campaign. Newk’s win is the most ever in a season by an African-American pitcher.

Don Newcombe, a three-time twenty-game winner, goes the distance to earn his major-league leading 27th victory when the Dodgers beat Pittsburgh at Forbes Field, 8-6, on the last day of the campaign. Newk’s win is the most ever in a season by an African-American pitcher.

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Al Lopez, manager of the Indians since 1951, resigns and is replaced by Kerby Farrell. Lopez, who won 470 while losing 354 for a .570 percentage, had one pennant and five 2nd-place finishes in his 6 years at the helm.

Al Lopez, manager of the Indians since 1951, resigns and is replaced by Kerby Farrell. Lopez, who won 470 while losing 354 for a .570 percentage, had one pennant and five 2nd-place finishes in his 6 years at the helm.

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At the age of 16 years and 10 months, Jim Derrington of the White Sox becomes the youngest pitcher to start a major league game this century. The teenager loses to the A’s 7 – 6, but singles, becoming the youngest player to get a hit in the American League.

At the age of 16 years and 10 months, Jim Derrington of the White Sox becomes the youngest pitcher to start a major league game this century. The teenager loses to the A’s 7 – 6, but singles, becoming the youngest player to get a hit in the American League.

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