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


Champions

Major League Baseball

Other champions

Awards and honors

Major League Baseball final standings

American League final standings

American League
Club Wins Losses Win %   GB
New York Yankees 97 57 .630 --
Cleveland Indians 88 66 .571 9
Chicago White Sox 85 69 .552 12
Boston Red Sox 84 70 .545 13
Detroit Tigers 82 72 .532 15
Baltimore Orioles 69 85 .448 28
Washington Senators 59 95 .383 38
Kansas City Athletics 52 102 .338 45

National League final standings

National League
Club Wins Losses Win %   GB
Brooklyn Dodgers 93 61 .604 --
Milwaukee Braves 92 62 .597 1
Cincinnati Reds 91 63 .591 2
St. Louis Cardinals 76 78 .494 17
Philadelphia Phillies 71 83 .461 22
New York Giants 67 87 .435 26
Pittsburgh Pirates 66 88 .429 27
Chicago Cubs 60 94 .390 33

Events

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  • October 9 - The Dodgers bounce back. Brooklyn's Clem Labine comes out of the bullpen to pitch a 1-0 victory for the Dodgers in Game 6 of the World Series. Yankee Enos Slaughter misjudges Jackie Robinson's fly ball, and Jim Gilliam scores from second base; it turned out to be Robinson's last major league hit. The series is tied at 3 games apiece.

Births

Deaths

  • January 4 - John Beckwith, 55, star infielder of the Negro Leagues
  • January 23 - Billy Evans, 71, American League umpire from 1906 to 1927, later the general manager of the Indians and Tigers
  • February 8 - Connie Mack, 93, Hall of Fame manager of the Philadelphia Athletics from 1901 to 1950, retiring with a record 3,731 victories
  • April 18 - John Heydler, 86, National League president from 1918 to 1934
  • 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
  • September 22 - Jesse Tannehill, 82, 6-time winner of 20 games with the Pittsburgh Pirates and Boston Red Sox

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