The Rochester Rockets 1956 Season

Season Summary

  • Finished 5th in the ORFU

Team Roster and Stats

Notes

On April 8th, 1956, the ORFU accepted the application of the Rochester Pros to join the league, pending approval by the CRU. A proposal to merge the ORFU with the New York Football Conference was not considered. On April 22nd, the CRU approved the Rochester team joining the ORFU.

On June 3rd, Vince Mazza was named coach by Eddie Grain, Rochester GM. On July 22nd, Charlie Maloy signed as QB/assistant coach with the club.

Initially called the Rochester Pros, but prior to their first exhibition game, the team changed the name to the Rochester Rockets after their quarterback, who was known as the "Rochester Rocket" in his high school playing days.

After their second regular season home game, the team was prohibited from playing at Aquinas stadium due to neighbourhood complaints. Edgerton Park was the alternative home field for the club, but no games were ever played there. In seeking alternatives, home games in other locations like Buffalo were considered but never materialized.

In early October, their quarterback and assistant coach Charlie Maloy was drafted into military service.

The stadium situation and a poor record led to a financial crisis for the club. Though arrangements were made with the ORFU to increase their take from road games, no directors of the club would sign a $5,000 performance bond, and the club quietly folded on Oct. 10th, with the last game played Sept. 28th.

On Nov. 10th, the remnants of the Rockets merged with the semi-pro Rochester Stars.

Rochester Rockets 1956 Record
GP W L T PTS PF PA Streak L6
Regular Season 4 0 4 0 0 52 119 L5 0-5-0
    Home 2 0 2 0 0 17 62 L2 0-2-0
    Visitor 2 0 2 0 0 35 57 L3 0-3-0

Full 1956 League Standings

Lead/Trailed Record by Quarter

Home Visitor Total
Quarter Lead (Record) Tied (Record) Trailed (Record) Lead (Record) Tied (Record) Trailed (Record) Lead (Record) Tied (Record) Trailed (Record)
After 1st 1 (0-1-0) 0 (0-0-0) 1 (0-1-0) 0 (0-0-0) 0 (0-0-0) 3 (0-3-0) 1 (0-1-0) 0 (0-0-0) 4 (0-4-0)
After 2nd 1 (0-1-0) 0 (0-0-0) 1 (0-1-0) 0 (0-0-0) 1 (0-1-0) 2 (0-2-0) 1 (0-1-0) 1 (0-1-0) 3 (0-3-0)
After 3rd 0 (0-0-0) 0 (0-0-0) 2 (0-2-0) 0 (0-0-0) 0 (0-0-0) 3 (0-3-0) 0 (0-0-0) 0 (0-0-0) 5 (0-5-0)
After 4th 0 (0-0-0) 0 (0-0-0) 2 (0-2-0) 0 (0-0-0) 0 (0-0-0) 3 (0-3-0) 0 (0-0-0) 0 (0-0-0) 5 (0-5-0)
Week Date/Time (EDT Result Attendance TV
Ex
Sun Aug 19 2:30 PM
LNDL 13 @ ROCH 22 W 4,000  
Week Date/Time (EDT Result Attendance TV
1
Sat Aug 25
ROCH 14 @ KWD 30 L 4,500  
2
Mon Sep 3
TBCH 49 @ ROCH 13 L 3,000  
3
Sun Sep 9 2:15 PM
LNDL 13 @ ROCH 4 L 2,000  
4
Sat Sep 15 8:15 PM
ROCH 21 @ SAR 27 L 2,500  
4
Sun Sep 16
ROCH @ TBCH ND    
6
Fri Sep 28 8:15 PM
ROCH 8 @ TBCH 21 ND 1,000  
7
Sun Oct 7
SAR @ ROCH ND    
8
Sun Oct 14
LNDL @ ROCH ND    
10
Wed Oct 24
ROCH vs TBCH ND    

Rochester Rockets 1956 Opponent Appearances

Opponent Opp. Win %
Divisional 0.555 0-2-0 (2) 0-3-0 (3)
Non-Divisional 0.000 0-0-0 (0) 0-0-0 (0)
Kitchener-Waterloo Dutchmen (1) 0.727
London Lords (2) 0.300
Sarnia Golden Bears (2) 0.545
Toronto Beaches (4) 0.600

Team Scoring

19561955 +/-
Average Combined Score 40.00 +40.00
Average Winning Score
Average Losing Score 12.00 +12.00
Average Home Score 8.50 +8.50
Average Visitor Score 14.33 +14.33
Average Margin of Victory
Average Margin of Loss 16.00 +16.00

Regular Season Scoring Summary by Quarter

1st 2nd 3rd 4th Final
HVT HVT HVT HVT H (PPG)V (PPG)T (PPG)
Rochester 101323 1910 077 61420 17 (8.5)43 (14.3)60 (12.0)
Opponent 162945 141327 182543 141125 78 (39.0)62 (20.7)140 (28.0)

Coaches

Head Coach
Assistant Coach
  • Charlie Maloy – Assistant (until 1956-10-10)

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