1956 October

2nd  The Comiskey Park broadcast booth catches fire, causing damage estimated at $100,000.

3rd  Sal Maglie and the Dodgers defeat the Yankees 6–3 in the first game of the WS.

4th  Rain delays Game 2 of the WS.

5th  The Dodgers come back from a 6–0 deficit in Game 2 to win 13–8 behind the sterling relief pitching of Don Bessent. Yankee C Yogi Berra becomes the first player in WS history to hit a grand slam in a losing cause as he sends one over the RF screen off Don Newcombe in the 2nd.

Owner Clark Griffith of the Senators says the club is considering moving to the West Coast because of the delay in building a new Washington stadium.

6th  The Yanks regroup at home and defeat Brooklyn 5–3 in Game 3, with Whitey Ford going the distance and Enos Slaughter hitting a 3-run HR.

7th  In Game 4, the Yanks even the WS at two apiece with a 6–2 win in Yankee Stadium. Righty Tom Sturdivant holds Brooklyn to 6 hits.

8th  Series history is made by Don Larsen of the Yankees, who pitches a perfect game to defeat the Dodgers 2–0 in Game 5. He requires only 97 pitches. Sal Maglie matches him until Mickey Mantle homers in the 4th.

9th  The Dodgers bounce back. Clem Labine comes out of the bullpen to pitch a 1–0 victory in 10 innings. Enos Slaughter misjudges Jackie Robinson’s fly ball, and Jim Gilliam scores from 2B.

10th  In Game 7, the Yankees win their first WS championship in 3 years as Johnny Kucks sets down the Bums 9–0. Yogi Berra hits a pair of 2-run HRs and Bill Skowron hits a grand slam, a first in WS history. There won’t be another player hitting a grand slam in a game with a player hitting 2 homers until 1998. Don Newcombe takes the loss, his 4th in Series competition.

11th  AL President Will Harridge bars the shift of the Senators to the West Coast, unless unanimously approved by the other AL owners.

Cubs owner William Wrigley announces that GM Wid Mathews and manager Stan Hack have resigned. He names John Holland as GM and Charlie Grimm, who was fired as manager of the Braves in earl 1956, will return to the Cubs as vice president. Bob Scheffing, manager of the LA farm team, is named the new Cubs manager.

The Phillies buy Jim Hearn from the Giants and send Stu Miller to the Giants farm club in Minneapolis.

17th  The Senators announce they will study bids from Louisville and San Francisco.

18th  The Brooklyn Dodgers begin an exhibition tour of Japan.

19th  Playing below par after their 7-game WS loss to the Yankees, the Dodgers lose the first game of an exhibition series in Japan to the Yomiuri Giants 5–4. Nonetheless, the Dodgers will win 14, lose 4, and tie one in the series.

24th  The AP names Cincinnati manager Birdie Tebbetts as its NL Manager of the Year.

25th  White Sox manager Marty Marion resigns. AL Lopez is the new manager.

30th  The Dodgers sell Ebbets Field to a real estate group. They agree to stay until 1959, with an option to stay until 1961.