1956 In Major League Baseball
Test your baseball knowledge of 1956 In
Major League Baseball.
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1) On May 2, at Wrigley Field, the New York
Giants defeat the Chicago Cubs, 6-5, in a 17-inning game in which
48 players see action, 25 Giants and 23 Cubs. Chicago's Don Hoak
sets a National League record by striking out six times in the
game, which also features a record 11 intentional walks, including
two each to the Giants' Willie Mays and Wes Westrum and the Cubs'
2) Mickey Mantle of the New York Yankees
narrowly misses hitting the first home run ever hit completely out
of Yankee Stadium. With Hank Bauer and Gil McDougald on base in
the fifth inning of Game One of a doubleheader against the
Washington Senators, Mantle, batting left-handed against Pedro
Ramos, hits a towering drive above the level of the stadium roof.
However, a stiff wind cuts down the ball, which strikes the
right-field facade, 18 inches above the level of the roof. The
home run gives the Yankees a 3-1 lead; they go on to win 4-3.
WHAT day did he hit the home run?
- May 1
- May 15
- May 30
- June 15
3) At Griffith Stadium, home of the Washington
Senators, the National League topped the American League, 7-3, in
the All-Star Game on July 10. Willie Mays, Stan Musial, Ted
Williams, and Mickey Mantle all hit home runs.
4) WHO was the Pittsburgh Pirates player that on July
25 hits the first, and so far only, walk-off inside-the park grand
slam in major league history in a 9-8 win over the Chicago Cubs?
- Johnny Powers
- Bob Skinner
- Roberto Clemente
- Bill Virdon
5) On October 8, New York Yankees pitcher Don
Larsen pitches a perfect game in Game 5 of the World Series
against the Brooklyn Dodgers, in a 2-0 victory. It is only the
fourth perfect game since 1900 and sixth in the history of Major
League Baseball. To date it remains the only perfect game in
baseball post-season history, and also the only no-hitter in the
WHO was the losing pitcher?
- Bob Turley
- Don Newcombe
- Carl Erskine
- Sal Maglie
6) Don Newcombe of the Brooklyn Dodger was the
National League Most Valuable Player.
WHO was the
American League Most Valuable Player?
- Ted Williams, Boston Red Sox
- Mickey Mantle, New York Yankees
- Yogi Berra, New York Yankees
- Frank Robinson, Baltimore Orioles
7) Don Newcombe, who posted a 27-7 record with
139 strikeouts and a 3.06 ERA for the National League
pennant-winning Brooklyn Dodgers, becomes the first MLB Cy Young
WHAT was his WHIP ((BB+H)/IP)?
8) Frank Lary, Detroit Tiger pitcher won the
American League leader with 21 wins.
WHAT was his WHIP
9) WHO was the 93 year old, Hall of Fame manager of the
Philadelphia Athletics from 1901 to 1950, retiring with a record
3,731 victories that died on February 8?
- Al Simmons
- John Shea
- Connie Mack
- Charlie Peete
10) Birdie Tebbetts is named National League
Manager of the Year.
WHAT team did he manage?
- Cincinnati Reds
- New York Giants
- Pittsburgh Pirates
- Chicago Cubs