1956 BOSTON RED SOX
The 1956 Red Sox were a pretty good, middle-of-the-pack team, but were not good enough to ever be a part of the pennant race. They were a team with considerable potential, but with something lacking.
Mickey Vernon was acquired in November from the Washington Senators, along with Bob Porterfield, Johnny Schmitz and Tom Umphlett for five Sox utility players. Don Buddin, who would become the symbol of mediocrity that would haunt the Sox for years to come, was their new shortstop.
Ted Williams reported to spring training upbeat and frisky. But the year would not go well for him. A freak injury in the shower had him injure his foot and he missed considerable playing time to start the year. When he returned, his combustible personality would trigger humiliating meltdowns that generated far more attention than what he did on the field.
The Sox opened the season at Fenway on April 17th. Sullivan breezed to an 8-1 victory over the Orioles and Buddin knocked out two hits in his first two times at bat. The Sox swept Baltimore with Tom Brewer tossing a two-hitter at them in the finale.
They then traveled to New York and gave the series to the Yankees, losing three straight. They gave the Yanks 12 unearned runs in three games, with eight errors in the final two games, and had ten errors overall in their six games. Billy Goodman, Buddin and Billy Klaus booted multiple easy groundballs and were severely criticized in the press.
Back at Fenway on May 3rd, Frank Sullivan limited Detroit to six hits in a 5-2 win, while both Frank Malzone and Dick Gernert each belted out two-run homers. On May 8th, Gernert's line drive single in the 13th inning, scored Billy Consolo with the walk-off game-winning run, to give the Red Sox a 4-3 decision.
In the next game, Goodman rapped out three doubles and a single in the 7-5 win over the White Sox. He raised his batting average to .368, but he was a liability in the field. He had four balls hit two him. Two hit him flush in the chest, and the other two skipped off his glove and rolled up his arm.
The Sox finished their homestand winning seven games and losing five. Manager Mike Higgins shuttled players in and out of the lineup, trying to find something that clicked.
As the Sox headed out on the road, General Manager, Joe Cronin, sold Grady Hatton to the St. Louis Cardinals. Over the past two seasons, Hatton had been a clutch hitter, coming through for the Sox on many occasions. This year, with Malzone playing third base, he was limited to pinch-hitting duties.
Dick Gernert was the hottest batter in the early going. In Washington, on May 12th, the Sox lost 12-9. Gernert (.393 BA) kept them in the game with two home runs, two singles and six runs batted in. Since taking over for Ted Williams in left field, Gernert slammed eight homers and drove in 20 runs in 19 games.
In Chicago, on May 20th, Jackie Jensen emerged from a long slump, leading the Sox to a doubleheader sweep. After hitting a long home run in the first game, that the Red Sox won, 12-5, he slugged a ninth inning homer in the second game, that gave the Sox a 2 to 1 win.
Tom Brewer won his fifth game in Cleveland on May 22nd, beating the Indians 5-3. For seven innings he shut them out on four hits, but gave up a run in the eighth. Dave Sisler relieved him in the ninth for the save.
The Sox (17-13) finished the road trip winning seven of the 12 games played and returned home in third place, four games behind.
The Sox lost the first home game to Washington on May 25th, but Jimmy Piersall cracked a pair of homers and a single, driving across four runs in the 10 to 5 loss. Ted Williams' first game back from the injured ankle, was highlighted by a double to right. The Sox lost the next day, 4-1, and Ted pinch hit a torrid single down the right field line to produce their only run.
In New York, Frank Sullivan lost the first game of the series to Whitey Ford on May 28th, 2 to 0. Both of the Yankees runs were unearned. Sullivan wild pitched one home and the other came on an error by Buddin, who made three in the game.
In the next game, Willard Nixon had a perfect game with two outs in the seventh until he walked Mickey Mantle. He had a no-hitter with two outs in the eighth inning until Billy Martin lined a triple over Jimmy Piersall's head. And he had a shutout with two outs in the ninth inning until Mantle homered. Nixon finally won the game 7 to 3.
Bad fielding again cost the Sox a doubleheader loss in Baltimore. They finished May by beating the Orioles, 4-1 and were in fourth place, 7 1/2 games out of first, with a 20-19 record.
The Sox opened a homestand on June 1st and beat the Kansas City A's, 5 to 0. Tom Brewer shut-out the A's on just five hits. Piersall made another of his great catches by literally climbing the wall in left-center field, extending to catch the ball, falling to the ground, and rolling over without losing his prize. That topped off a great all-around evening for him, as at the plate he tripled and belted out two singles with an RBI.
The next day, Ted Lepcio homered and then hit a game-winning double in the 10th inning, to give the Sox a 6 to 5 victory. However, in spite of his heroics, the Sox threw away numerous scoring opportunities, stranding 17 runners, 13 of then in the first five innings.
Then on June 8th, Billy Klaus broke a 3-3 deadlock in the seventh inning with a two-run double that gave the Sox a win against the White Sox for three straight wins.
Tom Brewer became the first American League pitcher to win his ninth game, by beating the Cleveland Indians, 5 to 1 in the second game of a doubleheader on June 11th. He allowed just three hits and had now won six times by allowing five or fewer hits. He was 20-4, going back to May of last season.
Ted Williams and Ted Lepcio supplied the ammunition and Tommy Hurd the pitching, in relief, as the Red Sox defeated the Cleveland Indians, 9 to 7, on June 12th. Shortly after Williams had doubled to left, bringing in Billy Klaus with the tying run to make the score 5-5 in the seventh inning, Lepcio lined a three-run homer over the fence in left center to score the winning run. After losing three straight in Cleveland, the Sox dropped to 10 games out.
On July 4th, the Red Sox split a doubleheader with the New York Yankees before the largest crowd of the season, 34,594 fans. Jimmy Piersall's single in the 11th inning gave the Sox a 7-6 walk-off win in the first game.
The American League All Star team was announced with Ted Williams and Mickey Vernon elected as starters. Tom Brewer and Frank Sullivan were picked to be members of the pitching staff. Jimmy Piersall and Sammy White were added to the bench.
The game was played in Washington and won by the National League, 7 to 3. Ted slammed a two-run homer in the sixth inning off Warren Spahn. The blast tied him for the most home runs in All Star competition. It was his fourth and tied him with Stan Musial. Vernon played first base for six innings and went hitless. Brewer pitched the sixth and seventh, giving up a homer to Musial, and two doubles to Ted Kluszewski. Piersall replaced Al Kaline in the eighth inning and grounded out in his only at bat.
The Sox started the second half, 10 1/2 games behind the Yankees and took three straight games from the Whites Sox at Fenway. During the first game of the series, on July 12th, a crew from Paramount Studios was at Fenway to film action by Jimmy Piersall, hoping to use some of it in his movie biography, "Fear Strikes Out".
Piersall was having one of his best years, batting .303 and had driven home the winning run in three of the last five Red Sox wins. In the fourth inning, Sherm Lollar drove a ball into left center. Piersall raced over and made a spectacular catch in front of Ted Williams. Then in the ninth inning, with the scored tied, Piersall homered into the net for a 3-1 walk-off win.
Piersall did it again in the next game. He knocked in the winning run for the third straight game when the Red Sox again beat Chicago. It happened in the eighth inning, with Mickey Vernon on second base and the game tied. Piersall blooped a single to short right and the Sox won, 5 to 4.
In the last inning,
A right-handed pinch-hitter, Bubba Phillips, batted for pitcher Paul LaPalme.
Out of the dugout came Walt Dropo, the big right-handed firstbaseman and a
former teammate. Dropo swung on
later, it was "Joe Cronin
Night". In the seventh inning
But against the Tigers on July 21st, Ted hit another homer, doubled and singled, driving across four runs and bringing his batting average up to .373. On the last game of the homestand, Mickey Vernon, the oldest player on the team, brought home five runs with a single and homer run, to lead the Sox with 53 RBIs.
In Cooperstown, on July 23rd, Joe Cronin was inducted into the Hall-of-Fame. The Sox finished the month of July losing four straight games and fell to 13 1/2 games behind the Yankees.
Tom Brewer won his 15th game on August 1st, 5-4, thanks to
three-run homer and
Jackie Jensen's two-run homer. Then
Jensen enjoyed his best
day of his major league career the next day. He knocked in nine runs as the Sox
smothered the Tigers, 18 to 3. The record was 12, held by Jim Bottomley of the
Reds in 1924.
On August 7th, Willard Nixon was in a pitchers duel with Don Larsen of the Yankees, and pitching a shutout in the 11th inning, in front of the largest crowd of the year. Mickey Mantle hit an easy fly ball to left that Ted dropped, for a two-base error in the top of the inning. The fans booed Ted and then cheered him as he snared a line drive hit by Yogi Berra, a batter later. As he came off the field, Williams seethed and spat at the fickled fans behind the dugout. He then turned and spat toward the press box. When he got in the dugout, he let one go toward the Yankee dugout.
Then in the bottom of the 11th, Ted came to the plate, with the crowd in a full frenzy of boos and cheers. He drew a walk with the bases loaded. It gave the Sox a 1-0 win, but it was such an anti-climax for Ted, that as he walked to first, he threw his bat some 40 feet in the air, not caring that the Sox had just won an important game. He smashed a water cooler on the way to the clubhouse and had to be calmed down by Mike Higgins. Tom Yawkey, who was in New York, heard it on the radio and immediately called Joe Cronin, who was ordered to fine him $5000.
If the press had held back before, they weren't holding back after this. Many called him an emotional time bomb and thought it was time for him to retire. The next day, Ted felt remorse, but because he thought that expressing it would show a sign of weakness, he wouldn't allow himself to undergo the further humiliation of apologizing.
So, the next night the Sox were playing the Orioles and it was "Family Night". Ted came to the park in a good mood. When he went out to the field he didn't look at the fans in left field stands, but the fans cheered him when he came to the plate in the first inning and grounded out.
In the sixth inning, Ted homered to break a 2-2 tie. and as he approached the dugout, with the skill of the showman that he was, Ted put his hand over his mouth to shut himself up. The fans laughed at the gesture and then cheered him. After that, he again became a fan favorite, perhaps because everyone realized he was all they had to cheer about. As for the $5000 fine, Tom Yawkey never collected it.
As August turned into September, the Sox concluded a 6-11 homestand, 12 1/2 games out of first. In Washington on September 3rd the Sox swept a doubleheader. Brewer won his 18th game and Piersall had one of his best days of the season. He knocked out six hits, good for 8 RBIs and robbed Jim Lemon of a homer by leaping over the center field fence to grab the ball and bring it back.
On September 8th, the Sox purchased Gene Mauch from the Pacific Coast League's Los Angeles Angels. In Baltimore, Tom Brewer pitched a four-hitter to beat the Orioles and win his 19th game.
In the second game of a doubleheader on September 14th, the Sox came-from-behind to beat the Indians, 4-3. After blowing a 3-1 in the eight inning, the Sox rallied back in the ninth. With two men on, Ted Williams tied up the game with a double. A moment later Williams scored the winning run, when Sammy White drove him in.
The next day the Sox were down 3-0, when Williams homered off Bob Feller to tie up the game in the sixth inning. Then White came through again in the ninth inning. With the bases loaded in the ninth, he hit a two-run single to give the Sox a 5-3 triumph.
At Fenway against the Yankees on September 21st, Mickey Mantle hit a 480 ft homer off the wall behind the centerfield bleachers. The Sox beat them, 13-7.
In the last two games at Fenway, Ted homered, tripled and doubled as he battled Mantle for the batting title. The final three games were in Yankee Stadium. On September 29th, Ted went 1-for-6 and Mantle only pinch-hit and drew a walk. In the final six games Ted had only gone 3-for-20. He ended up batting .345 and finished second to Mantle, who batted .353 and won the "Triple Crown".
|04/17/1956||1-0||1st||-||Baltimore Orioles||W||8-1||Frank Sullivan||1-0|
|04/18/1956||2-0||1st||-||Baltimore Orioles||W||8-4||Bob Porterfield||1-0|
|04/19/1956||3-0||1st||+1/2||Baltimore Orioles||W||4-2||Tom Brewer||1-0|
|04/20/1956||3-1||2nd||-1/2||at New York Yankees||L||7-1||Willard Nixon||0-1|
|04/21/1956||3-2||4th||-1||at New York Yankees||L||14-10||Tom Hurd||0-1|
|04/22/1956||3-3||4th||-2||at New York Yankees||L||13-6||Frank Baumann||0-1|
|04/23/1956||3-3||4th||-2||at Baltimore Orioles||pp|
|04/24/1956||3-3||3rd||-2 1/2||at Baltimore Orioles||pp|
|04/25/1956||3-4||3rd||-3 1/2||Washington Senators||L||4-1||Bob Porterfield||1-1|
|04/27/1956||3-5||5th||-4||New York Yankees||L||5-2||Tom Brewer||1-1|
|04/28/1956||4-5||5th||-3||New York Yankees||W||6-4||Dave Sisler||1-0|
|04/29/1956||4-5||5th||-3||New York Yankees||pp|
|05/01/1956||4-6||5th||-4||Kansas City Athletics||L||3-2||Bob Porterfield||1-2|
|05/02/1956||5-6||5th||-3||Kansas City Athletics||W||2-0||Tom Brewer||2-1|
|05/03/1956||6-6||5th||-2||Detroit Tigers||W||5-2||Frank Sullivan||2-0|
|05/04/1956||7-6||4th||-2||Detroit Tigers||W||6-4||Mel Parnell||1-0|
|05/05/1956||7-7||5th||-3||Detroit Tigers||L||16-4||Ike Delock||0-1|
|05/06/1956||4-5||5th||-3 1/2||Cleveland Indians||pp|
|05/07/1956||8-7||3rd||-3 1/2||Cleveland Indians||W||5-1||Tom Brewer||3-1|
|05/08/1956||9-7||2nd||-3 1/2||Chicago White Sox||W||4-3||Dave Sisler||2-0|
|05/09/1956||10-7||2nd||-2 1/2||Chicago White Sox||W||7-5||Tom Hurd||1-1|
|05/10/1956||10-8||3rd||-2 1/2||Chicago White Sox||L||2-1||Mel Parnell||1-1|
|05/11/1956||10-9||3rd||-3 1/2||at Washington Senators||L||4-3||Ike Delock||0-2|
|05/12/1956||10-10||4th||-3 1/2||at Washington Senators||L||12-9||Dave Sisler||2-1|
|05/13/1956||11-10||4th||-3||at Washington Senators||W||5-3||George Susce||1-0|
|05/15/1956||11-11||4th||-3||at Detroit Tigers||L||6-3||Willard Nixon||0-2|
|05/16/1956||12-11||4th||-3||at Detroit Tigers||W||4-2||Frank Baumann||1-1|
|05/17/1956||13-11||4th||-3||at Kansas City Athletics||W||6-1||Tom Brewer||4-1|
|05/18/1956||14-11||3rd||-3||at Kansas City Athletics||W||5-4||Frank Sullivan||3-0|
|05/19/1956||14-12||3rd||-4||at Kansas City Athletics||L||5-4||Bob Porterfield||1-3|
|05/20/1956||15-12||3rd||-4||at Chicago White Sox||W||12-5||Frank Baumann||2-1|
|16-12||3rd||-3 1/2||W||2-1||Ike Delock||1-2|
|05/22/1956||17-12||3rd||-3||at Cleveland Indians||W||5-3||Tom Brewer||5-1|
|05/23/1956||17-13||3rd||-4||at Cleveland Indians||L||6-3||Frank Sullivan||3-1|
|05/25/1956||17-14||3rd||-5 1/2||Washington Senators||L||10-5||George Susce||1-1|
|05/26/1956||17-15||3rd||-5 1/2||Washington Senators||L||4-1||Ike Delock||1-3|
|05/27/1956||18-15||3rd||-5 1/2||Washington Senators||W||9-7||Tom Brewer||6-1|
|18-16||3rd||-5 1/2||L||11-10||Tom Hurd||1-2|
|05/28/1956||18-17||3rd||-6 1/2||at New York Yankees||L||2-0||Frank Sullivan||3-2|
|05/29/1956||19-17||3rd||-5 1/2||at New York Yankees||W||7-3||Willard Nixon||1-2|
|05/30/1956||19-18||4th||-6 1/2||at Baltimore Orioles||L||2-1||Dave Sisler||2-2|
|19-19||4th||-7 1/2||L||5-4||Leo Kiely||0-1|
|05/31/1956||20-19||4th||-7 1/2||at Baltimore Orioles||W||4-1||Bob Porterfield||2-3|
|06/01/1956||21-19||2nd||-6 1/2||Kansas City Athletics||W||5-0||Tom Brewer||7-1|
|06/02/1956||21-20||4th||-7||Kansas City Athletics||L||11-3||Frank Sullivan||3-3|
|06/03/1956||21-21||4th||-6 1/2||Kansas City Athletics||L||7-6||George Susce||1-2|
|06/05/1956||21-22||5th||-6 1/2||Detroit Tigers||L||14-11||Bob Porterfield||2-4|
|06/06/1956||22-22||4th||-6 1/2||Detroit Tigers||W||5-4||Tom Brewer||8-1|
|06/07/1956||23-22||4th||-6 1/2||Detroit Tigers||W||6-5||Frank Sullivan||4-3|
|06/08/1956||24-22||4th||-5 1/2||Chicago White Sox||W||5-3||Willard Nixon||2-2|
|06/09/1956||24-23||4th||-5 1/2||Chicago White Sox||L||8-0||Ike Delock||1-4|
|06/10/1956||24-24||4th||-6 1/2||Chicago White Sox||L||3-2||George Susce||1-3|
|06/11/1956||24-25||4th||-6 1/2||Cleveland Indians||L||4-1||Bob Porterfield||2-5|
|25-25||4th||-6 1/2||W||5-1||Tom Brewer||9-1|
|06/12/1956||26-25||4th||-6 1/2||Cleveland Indians||W||9-7||Frank Sullivan||5-3|
|06/14/1956||27-25||4th||-6||Cleveland Indians||W||10-9||Ike Delock||2-4|
|06/15/1956||27-26||4th||-7||at Detroit Tigers||L||5-2||Bob Porterfield||2-6|
|06/16/1956||28-26||3rd||-7||at Detroit Tigers||W||6-5||Dave Sisler||3-2|
|06/17/1956||29-26||3rd||-7||at Detroit Tigers||W||13-12||Frank Sullivan||6-3|
|06/19/1956||29-27||3rd||-8 1/2||at Cleveland Indians||L||9-7||Ike Delock||2-5|
|06/20/1956||29-28||4th||-9 1/2||at Cleveland Indians||L||5-4||Tom Hurd||1-3|
|06/21/1956||29-29||4th||-10||at Cleveland Indians||L||5-0||Tom Brewer||9-2|
|06/22/1956||30-29||4th||-9||at Kansas City Athletics||W||6-3||Frank Sullivan||7-3|
|06/23/1956||31-29||4th||-8||at Kansas City Athletics||W||6-3||Mel Parnell||2-1|
|06/24/1956||31-30||4th||-7 1/2||at Kansas City Athletics||L||5-2||Dave Sisler||3-3|
|06/26/1956||31-31||4th||-9||at Chicago White Sox||L||4-1||Tom Brewer||9-3|
|06/27/1956||32-31||4th||-9||at Chicago White Sox||W||11-9||Ike Delock||3-5|
|06/29/1956||33-31||4th||-9||at Baltimore Orioles||W||7-6||Ike Delock||4-5|
|06/30/1956||34-31||4th||-8||at Baltimore Orioles||W||4-2||Willard Nixon||3-2|
|35-31||4th||-7 1/2||W||6-3||Tom Brewer||10-3|
|07/01/1956||35-32||4th||-9||at Baltimore Orioles||L||5-3||Bob Porterfield||2-7|
|07/02/1956||36-32||4th||-8 1/2||at Washington Senators||W||3-2||Ike Delock||5-5|
|07/03/1956||36-33||4th||-9 1/2||at Washington Senators||L||6-5||Leo Kiely||0-2|
|07/04/1956||37-33||4th||-8 1/2||New York Yankees||W||7-6||Leo Kiely||1-2|
|37-34||4th||-9 1/2||L||9-4||Mel Parnell||2-2|
|07/05/1956||37-35||4th||-10 1/2||New York Yankees||L||6-1||Bob Porterfield||2-8|
|07/07/1956||38-35||4th||-11||Baltimore Orioles||W||4-3||Tom Brewer||11-3|
|07/08/1956||39-35||4th||-11||Baltimore Orioles||W||9-0||Frank Sullivan||8-3|
|40-35||4th||-10 1/2||W||8-4||Tom Hurd||2-3|
|07/09/1956||All Star Game Break|
|07/12/1956||41-35||4th||-10 1/2||Chicago White Sox||W||3-1||Leo Kiely||2-2|
|07/13/1956||42-35||4th||-10 1/2||Chicago White Sox||W||5-4||Ike Delock||6-5|
|07/14/1956||43-35||4th||-10 1/2||Chicago White Sox||W||4-0||
|07/15/1956||43-36||3rd||-11 1/2||Cleveland Indians||L||10-7||Willard Nixon||3-3|
|44-36||3rd||-11 1/2||W||3-1||Dave Sisler||4-3|
|07/16/1956||44-37||4th||-12||Cleveland Indians||L||7-3||Frank Sullivan||8-4|
|07/17/1956||45-37||3rd||-12||Kansas City Athletics||W||10-0||Tom Brewer||12-3|
|46-37||3rd||-11 1/2||W||1-0||Bob Porterfield||3-8|
|07/18/1956||47-37||3rd||-10||Kansas City Athletics||W||7-4||Mel Parnell||4-2|
|07/19/1956||47-38||3rd||-11||Kansas City Athletics||L||8-4||Dave Sisler||4-4|
|07/20/1956||47-39||3rd||-12||Detroit Tigers||L||9-6||Willard Nixon||3-4|
|07/21/1956||48-39||3rd||-11 1/2||Detroit Tigers||W||9-3||Frank Sullivan||9-4|
|07/22/1956||49-39||3rd||-11||Detroit Tigers||W||8-6||Tom Brewer||13-3|
|07/24/1956||50-39||3rd||-10||at Kansas City Athletics||W||3-2||Ike Delock||7-5|
|07/25/1956||50-40||3rd||-11||at Kansas City Athletics||L||9-6||Harry Dorish||0-1|
|07/26/1956||51-40||3rd||-11||at Kansas City Athletics||W||5-3||Ike Delock||8-5|
|07/27/1956||52-40||3rd||-11||at Chicago White Sox||W||4-3||Tom Brewer||14-3|
|07/28/1956||53-40||3rd||-11||at Chicago White Sox||W||13-1||Willard Nixon||4-4|
|07/29/1956||53-41||3rd||-12||at Chicago White Sox||L||11-2||Dave Sisler||4-5|
|53-42||3rd||-12 1/2||L||6-3||Ike Delock||8-6|
|07/30/1956||53-43||3rd||-13 1/2||at Detroit Tigers||L||4-1||Frank Sullivan||9-5|
|07/31/1956||53-44||3rd||-13 1/2||at Detroit Tigers||L||6-4||Bob Porterfield||3-9|
|08/01/1956||54-44||3rd||-12 1/2||at Detroit Tigers||W||5-4||Tom Brewer||15-3|
|08/02/1956||55-44||3rd||-11 1/2||at Detroit Tigers||W||18-3||Willard Nixon||5-4|
|08/03/1956||56-44||3rd||-10 1/2||at Cleveland Indians||W||7-1||Mel Parnell||5-2|
|08/04/1956||57-44||3rd||-9 1/2||at Cleveland Indians||W||6-5||Ike Delock||9-6|
|08/05/1956||58-44||3rd||-8 1/2||at Cleveland Indians||W||2-1||Dave Sisler||5-5|
|08/06/1956||58-45||3rd||-9 1/2||New York Yankees||L||4-3||Tom Brewer||15-4|
|08/07/1956||59-45||3rd||-8 1/2||New York Yankees||W||1-0||Willard Nixon||6-4|
|08/08/1956||60-45||3rd||-8 1/2||Baltimore Orioles||W||7-2||Mel Parnell||6-2|
|08/09/1956||61-45||2nd||-8 1/2||Baltimore Orioles||W||3-1||Frank Sullivan||10-5|
|08/10/1956||62-45||2nd||-8 1/2||at Washington Senators||W||3-2||Tom Brewer||16-4|
|08/11/1956||62-46||3rd||-8 1/2||at Washington Senators||L||6-1||Dave Sisler||5-6|
|08/12/1956||62-47||3rd||-10||at Washington Senators||L||8-2||Willard Nixon||6-5|
|08/14/1956||62-48||3rd||-11||at New York Yankees||L||12-2||Mel Parnell||6-3|
|08/15/1956||62-49||3rd||-12||at New York Yankees||L||6-4||Tom Brewer||16-5|
|08/16/1956||63-49||3rd||-11||at New York Yankees||W||2-1||Willard Nixon||7-5|
|08/17/1956||63-50||3rd||-11||Washington Senators||L||6-5||Frank Sullivan||10-6|
|08/18/1956||63-51||3rd||-12 1/2||Washington Senators||L||9-7||George Susce||1-4|
|08/19/1956||63-52||4th||-12 1/2||Washington Senators||L||7-5||Tom Brewer||16-6|
|08/21/1956||63-53||4th||-12 1/2||Chicago White Sox||pp|
|08/22/1956||63-54||4th||-13 1/3||Chicago White Sox||L||6-3||Willard Nixon||7-6|
|08/23/1956||65-54||4th||-11 1/2||Cleveland Indians||W||2-1||Mel Parnell||7-3|
|08/24/1956||65-55||4th||-12 1/2||Cleveland Indians||L||5-3||Tom Brewer||16-7|
|08/25/1956||66-55||4th||-11 1/2||Cleveland Indians||W||9-6||Dave Sisler||6-6|
|08/26/1956||67-55||4th||-11 1/2||Kansas City Athletics||W||2-1||Willard Nixon||8-6|
|67-56||4th||-11 1/2||L||7-6||Bob Porterfield||3-10|
|08/28/1956||67-57||4th||-12 1/2||Detroit Tigers||L||6-3||Mel Parnell||7-4|
|08/29/1956||68-57||4th||-12 1/2||Detroit Tigers||W||4-2||Tom Brewer||17-7|
|08/31/1956||68-58||4th||-13 1/2||Baltimore Orioles||L||13-6||Willard Nixon||8-7|
|09/01/1956||69-58||4th||-12 1/2||Baltimore Orioles||W||4-2||Frank Sullivan||11-6|
|09/02/1956||69-59||4th||-12 1/2||Baltimore Orioles||L||11-10||Dave Sisler||6-7|
|09/03/1956||70-59||4th||-12 1/2||at Washington Senators||W||7-5||Tom Hurd||3-3|
|71-59||4th||-12 1/2||W||16-0||Tom Brewer||18-7|
|09/04/1956||72-59||4th||-12||at Washington Senators||W||7-6||Frank Sullivan||12-6|
|09/05/1956||72-60||4th||-13||New York Yankees||L||5-3||Willard Nixon||8-8|
|09/07/1956||73-60||4th||-12||at Baltimore Orioles||W||7-5||Ike Delock||11-6|
|73-61||4th||-12 1/2||L||5-0||Frank Sullivan||12-7|
|09/08/1956||74-61||4th||-12 1/2||at Baltimore Orioles||W||6-1||Tom Brewer||19-7|
|09/09/1956||75-61||4th||-12 1/2||at Baltimore Orioles||W||3-2||Ike Delock||12-6|
|09/11/1956||76-61||4th||-12 1/2||at Chicago White Sox||W||5-3||Willard Nixon||9-8|
|09/12/1956||77-61||4th||-11 1/2||at Chicago White Sox||W||4-1||Frank Sullivan||13-7|
|09/13/1956||77-62||4th||-12 1/2||at Chicago White Sox||L||4-3||Tom Brewer||19-8|
|09/14/1956||77-63||4th||-12 1/2||at Cleveland Indians||L||10-2||Mel Parnell||7-5|
|09/15/1956||79-63||3rd||-12||at Cleveland Indians||W||5-3||Ike Delock||13-6|
|09/16/1956||79-64||4th||-13||at Detroit Tigers||L||5-4||Tom Hurd||3-4|
|09/18/1956||79-66||4th||-14||at Kansas City Athletics||L||6-5||Ike Delock||13-7|
|09/19/1956||79-67||4th||-14 1/2||at Kansas City Athletics||L||8-1||Dave Sisler||7-8|
|09/21/1956||80-67||4th||-13 1/2||New York Yankees||W||13-7||George Susce||2-4|
|09/22/1956||80-68||4th||-14 1/2||New York Yankees||L||2-1||Bob Porterfield||3-11|
|09/23/1956||80-69||4th||-15 1/2||New York Yankees||L||7-4||Tom Brewer||19-9|
|09/25/1956||81-69||4th||-15||Washington Senators||W||10-4||Dave Sisler||8-8|
|09/26/1956||82-69||4th||-14||Washington Senators||W||8-4||Frank Sullivan||14-7|
|09/28/1956||82-70||4th||-15||at New York Yankees||L||7-2||Bob Porterfield||3-12|
|09/29/1956||83-70||4th||-14||at New York Yankees||W||7-5||Rudy Minarcin||1-0|
|09/30/1956||84-70||4th||-13||at New York Yankees||W||7-4||Dave Sisler||9-8|
|1956 RED SOX BATTING & PITCHING|