1956 December

1st  Cincinnati slugger Frank Robinson is unanimously voted the NL Rookie of the Year. White Sox SS Luis Aparicio is voted AL Rookie of the Year with 22 points, beating out Oriole Tito Francona and Indian Rocky Colavito.

In front of a crowd estimated at 100,114 at the Melbourne Cricket Grounds, a U.S. Army team beats an Australian all-star team 11–5 in an Olympic exhibition game. Sergeant Vance Sutton hits a grand slam.

3rd  The Tigers send pitchers Ned Garver, Gene Host, and Virgil Trucks, 1B Wayne Belardi and $20,000 to the Athletics for pitchers Bill Harrington, Jack Crimian, 1B Eddie Robinson, and 3B Jim Finigan.

10th  The AL club owners vote for a 3-game playoff in case of a tie at the end of the regular season. The AL reelects Will Harridge to a new ten-year term as president.

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.

Mrs. Grace Comiskey, president of the White Sox, dies of a heart attack in Washington.

11th  A players organization is established with Bob Feller as president.

The Major Leagues vote at a joint meeting to reduce player limits to 28 by Opening Day.

13th  The Dodgers trade Jackie Robinson to the Giants for P Dick Littlefield and $35,000. Robinson retires rather than accept the trade.

18th  Former Yankee SS Phil Rizzuto signs as a Yankee radio-TV announcer.

28th The NY Board of Estimate votes $25,000 for a survey regarding the Dodgers’ proposed new stadium for downtown Brooklyn.