1961 in Sport

Events in Sport

Events 1 - 100 of 150

  • Jan 2 47th Rose Bowl: #6 Washington beats #1 Minnesota, 17-7
  • Jan 2 27th Sugar Bowl: #2 Mississippi beats Rice, 14-6
  • Jan 2 27th Orange Bowl: #5 Missouri beats #4 Navy, 21-14
  • Jan 7 1st NFL Playoff Bowl (runner-up bowl)-Detroit beats Cleveland 17-16
  • Jan 14 Chic Bear Willard Dewveall becomes 1st NFLer to join AFL
  • Jan 15 NFL Pro Bowl: West beats East 35-31
  • Jan 15 Suggs wins LPGA Sea Island Women's Golf Invitational Open
  • Jan 17 11th NBA All-Star Game: West beats East 153-131 at Syracuse, New York

Sport awardGolf Tournament

Jan 25 Louise Suggs wins LPGA Naples Pro-Am Golf Tournament

Golfer and Co-Founder of the LPGA Louise Suggs
Golfer and Co-Founder of the LPGA
Louise Suggs
  • Jan 27 49th Women's Australian Championships: Margaret Court beats Jan Lehane O'Neill (6-1, 6-4)

Sport awardTennis Open

Jan 27 49th Men's Australian Championships: Roy Emerson beats Rod Laver (1-6, 6-3, 7-5, 6-4)

Tennis Player Roy Emerson
Tennis Player
Roy Emerson
Tennis Player Rod Laver
Tennis Player
Rod Laver
  • Feb 1 Mackay & Kline hang on for 100 mins for cricket draw vs West Indies
  • Feb 10 AFL's LA Chargers move to San Diego

Event of interestEvent of Interest

Feb 12 Celtic Bill Russell grabs 40 rebounds to beat Warriors 136-125

Basketball Player Bill Russell
Basketball Player
Bill Russell

Sport awardGolf Tournament

Feb 12 Mickey Wright wins LPGA St Petersburg Golf Open

LPGA Golfer Mickey Wright
LPGA Golfer
Mickey Wright
  • Feb 12 Mushtaq Mohammad scores 1st Test Cricket century at 17 yrs 82 days
  • Feb 14 Louise Suggs wins LPGA Royal Poinciana Golf Invitational
  • Feb 15 Australia beat West Indies 2-1 in one of best Test Cricket series ever
  • Feb 18 Henk van der Grift becomes world champion skater
  • Feb 19 Henk van der Grift (Neth) becomes world champ all-round skater
  • Feb 25 Niagara ends St Bonaventura's 99-game home basketball win streak
  • Mar 4 8th ACC Men's Basketball Tournament: Wake Forest beats Duke, 96-81

Event of interestEvent of Interest

Mar 9 Wilt Chamberlain of NBA Philadelphia Warriors scores 67 points vs NY Knicks

NBA Legend Wilt Chamberlain
NBA Legend
Wilt Chamberlain

Sport defeatBoxing Title Fight

Mar 13 Floyd Patterson KOs Ingemar Johansson in 6 for heavyweight boxing title

Boxer and Undisputed Heavyweight Champion Floyd Patterson
Boxer and Undisputed Heavyweight Champion
Floyd Patterson
  • Mar 14 George Weiss becomes President of NY Mets
  • Mar 21 Art Modell purchases Cleveland Browns for then record ($3,925,000)
  • Mar 24 NY Senate approves $55M for a baseball stadium at Flushing Meadows
  • Mar 25 23rd NCAA Men's Basketball Championship: Cin beats Ohio State 70-65 (OT)
  • Mar 25 3rd place game is one of the wildest contests in NCAA Tournament history as St Joseph's defeats Utah 127-120 in 4 overtimes
  • Mar 25 115th Grand National: Bobby Beasley aboard Nicolaus Silver wins
  • Mar 26 Louise Suggs wins LPGA Golden Circle of Golf Festival

Sport awardGolf Major

Apr 10 25th Masters Golf Tournament: Gary Player wins, shooting a 280

Golfer Gary Player
Gary Player
  • Apr 10 New Washington Senators loses 1st regular-season game 4-3 to White Sox
  • Apr 11 15th NBA Championship: Bos Celtics beat St Louis Hawks, 4 games to 1

Event of interestEvent of Interest

Apr 12 Douglas MacArthur declines offer to become baseball commissioner

US WWII General Douglas MacArthur
US WWII General
Douglas MacArthur
  • Apr 16 Louise Suggs wins LPGA Dallas Civitan Golf Open
  • Apr 16 Stanley Cup: Chicago Blackhawks beat Detroit Red Wings, 4 games to 2
  • Apr 19 65th Boston Marathon won by Eino Oksanen of Finland in 2:23:39
  • Apr 23 Mary Lena Faulk wins LPGA Babe Didrikson-Zaharias Golf Open

Sports record brokenBaseball Record

Apr 26 Roger Maris hits 1st of 61 homers in 1961

American Baseball Player Roger Maris
American Baseball Player
Roger Maris
  • Apr 27 NFL officially recognizes Hall of Fame in Canton, Ohio
  • Apr 28 Warren Spahn pitches 2nd no hitter at 41 beats SF Giants, 1-0
  • Apr 29 ABC's "Wide World of Sports" debuts
  • Apr 30 Mickey Wright wins LPGA Titleholders Golf Championship

Sports record brokenBaseball Record

Apr 30 San Francisco Giant Willie Mays hits 4 HRs in a game

MLB Legend Willie Mays
MLB Legend
Willie Mays
  • May 6 87th Kentucky Derby: John Sellers aboard Carry Back wins in 2:04
  • May 7 Ruth Jessen wins LPGA Peach Blossom Golf Open
  • May 9 Baltimore Oriole Jim Gentile hits 2 grand slams (9 RBIs) vs Minnesota Twins
  • May 14 Mickey Wright wins LPGA Columbus Golf Open

  • May 20 86th Preakness: Johnny Sellers aboard Carry Back wins in 1:57.6
  • May 27 Fiorentina of Italy win 1st European Cup Winner's Cup against Glasgow Rangers 4-2 in Florence (2nd leg)
  • May 27 Ralph Boston of US, sets then long jump record at 27' ½"
  • May 27 60th Men's French Championships: Manuel Santana beats Nicola Pietrangeli (4-6, 6-1, 3-6, 6-0, 6-2)
  • May 27 60th Women's French Championships: Ann Haydon beats Yola Ramirez (6-2, 6-1)

Event of interestEvent of Interest

May 30 Indianapolis 500: A. J. Foyt wins in 3:35:37.540 (223.908 km/h)

Racing Car Driver A. J. Foyt
Racing Car Driver
A. J. Foyt
  • May 31 6th European Cup: Benfica beats Barcelona 3-2 at Bern
  • Jun 3 93rd Belmont: Braulio Baeza aboard Sherluck wins in 2:29.2
  • Jun 4 Mary Lena Faulk wins LPGA Western Golf Open
  • Jun 8 Test Cricket debut of William Morris Lawry, v England at Edgbaston, 57

Sports record brokenBaseball Record

Jun 8 Milwaukee sets record of 4 consecutive HRs (Eddie Mathews, Hank Aaron, Joe Adcock & Frank Thomas)

Baseball Player Hank Aaron
Baseball Player
Hank Aaron
  • Jun 9 Ryne Duren sets AL record with 7 straight strikeouts against Red Sox
  • Jun 11 Mary Lena Faulk wins LPGA Triangle Round Robin Golf Tournament
  • Jun 11 Roger Maris hits 19th & 20th of 61 HRs
  • Jun 12 An ailing Bill Veeck sells his interest in White Sox to Arthur Allyn
  • Jun 17 61st US Golf Open: Gene Littler shoots a 281 at Oakland Hills Mich
  • Jun 18 Mary Lena Faulk wins LPGA Eastern Golf Open
  • Jun 19 NY Yankee Roger Maris hits his 25th of 61 HRs

Event of interestEvent of Interest

Jun 23 Cubs Ernie Banks ends his 717 consecutive-games-played streak

MLB shortstop Ernie Banks
MLB shortstop
Ernie Banks
  • Jun 23 Phillies overcome 9-0, losing 11-2 they score 4 in 8th & 6 in 9th
  • Jun 25 Balt & California use a record 16 pitchers in a game (8 each) in 14 inns
  • Jun 29 Willie Mays is 4th major leaguer with 3 or more HRs twice in a season
  • Jul 1 16th US Women's Open Golf Championship won by Mickey Wright
  • Jul 5 St Louis Cardinal Bill White hits 3 HRs & a double

Sport awardTennis Open

Jul 7 75th Wimbledon Men's Tennis: Rod Laver beats Chuck McKinley (63 61 64)

Tennis Player Rod Laver
Tennis Player
Rod Laver
Tennis Player Wimbledon Champion Chuck McKinley
Tennis Player Wimbledon Champion
Chuck McKinley
  • Jul 11 30th All Star Baseball Game: NL wins 5-4 in 10 at Candlestick Pk, San Francisco

Sport awardGolf Major

Jul 15 90th British Golf Open: Arnold Palmer shoots a 284 at Royal Birkdale

  • Jul 16 Kathy Cornelius wins LPGA Tippecanoe Golf Open
  • Jul 16 Ralph Boston of US, sets then long jump record at 27' 2"
  • Jul 16 48th Tour de France won by Jacques Anquetil of France
  • Jul 17 Roger Maris loses a HR (of his 61) due to a rain-out in 5th

Sport awardGolf Tournament

Jul 23 Betsy Rawls wins LPGA Cosmopolitan Golf Open

LPGA Golfer Betsy Rawls
LPGA Golfer
Betsy Rawls
  • Jul 24 Roger Maris hits 4 home runs, in a doubleheader
  • Jul 25 Roger Maris hits home runs 37, 38, 39 & 40 in a doubleheader
  • Jul 29 Phillies lose 1st of 23 straight games
  • Jul 30 43rd PGA Championship: Jerry Barber shoots a 277 at Olympia Fields IL
  • Jul 30 Judy Kimball wins LPGA American Women's Golf Open
  • Jul 31 31st All Star Baseball Game: 1-1 tie ends by rain at Fenway, Boston

Event of interestEvent of Interest

Aug 1 Cricketer Richie Benaud rips through England team for Aussie win at Old Trafford

Cricketer and Commentator Richie Benaud
Cricketer and Commentator
Richie Benaud
  • Aug 2 St Louis Cards (NFL) beat Toronto Argonauts (CFL) 36-7 in Toronto
  • Aug 4 28th NFL Chicago All-Star Game: Philadelphia 28, All-Stars 14 (66,000)
  • Aug 5 Chicago Bears (NFL) beat Mont Alouettes (CFL) 34-16 in Montreal
  • Aug 6 Mickey Wright wins LPGA Waterloo Golf Open
  • Aug 8 Ham Tigercats (CFL) beat Buff Bills (NFL) 38-21 in Hamilton, Ontario
  • Aug 11 Warren Spahn records victory #300, beats Cubs 2-1
  • Aug 13 Louise Suggs wins LPGA Kansas City Golf Open
  • Aug 14 Philadelphia Phillies lose 17th straight game
  • Aug 20 Phillies set then dubious record of 23 straight loses, beat Braves
  • Aug 27 Mickey Wright wins LPGA Spokane Women's Golf Open

Birthdays in Sport

Birthdays 1 - 100 of 311

  • Jan 1 Irv Eatman, NFL tackle (Houston Oilers)
  • Jan 5 Curt Bader, sprint kayaker (Olympics 1996), born in Bloomfield, Iowa
  • Jan 6 Howie Long, former NFL tackle/actor/broadcaster (Broken Arrow)
  • Jan 8 Shoaib Mohammad, cricketer (son of Hanif Patient & prolific batsman)
  • Jan 8 Calvin Smith, American athlete
  • Jan 11 Paul Skansi, NFL wide receiver (Seattle Seahawk)
  • Jan 12 Andrea Carnevale, soccer player (Napoli)
  • Jan 13 Kelly Hrudey, Edmonton, NHL goalie (LA Kings)
  • Jan 13 Kent Hull, NFL center (Buffalo Bills)

Person of interestPerson of Interest

Jan 18 Mark Messier, NHL Center (Edmonton, NY Rangers), born in Edmonton, Alberta

NHL Legend Mark Messier
NHL Legend
Mark Messier
  • Jan 18 Peter Beardsley, English footballer
  • Jan 22 Barb Thomas Whitehead, Sibley IA, LPGA golfer (1995 Hawaiian Open)
  • Jan 23 Trey Junkin, tight end (Arizona Cardinals)
  • Jan 24 William Van Dijck, Belgian athlete

Person of interestPerson of Interest

Jan 26 Wayne Gretzky, Canadian NHL great scorer (Oiler, King, Rangers), born in Brantford, Ontario

Ice Hockey Great Wayne Gretzky
Ice Hockey Great
Wayne Gretzky
  • Jan 29 Mike Aldrete, American baseball infielder (Oakland Athletics, NY Yankees)
  • Jan 30 Ranjit Madurasinghe, cricketer (3 Tests for Sri Lanka 1988-92)
  • Feb 1 Gina Hull, LPGA golfer (1989 USX Golf Classic-8th), born in Jacksonville, Florida
  • Feb 2 Joey Benjamin, cricket pace bowler (in St Kitts England in 1994)
  • Feb 3 Jay Adams, American skateboarder
  • Feb 4 Denis Savard, Pointe Gatineau Ca, NHL center (Chicago Blackhawks)
  • Feb 5 Savvas Kofidis, Greek footballer and manager
  • Feb 6 Bill Lester, American racecar driver
  • Feb 9 John Kruk, American baseball 1st baseman (Philadelphia Phillies)
  • Feb 10 David Ward, cricketer (prolific Surrey batsman)
  • Feb 10 Eva Pfaff, West Germany, tennis star
  • Feb 11 Mary Docter, American 3000m speed skater (Olympics 1980, 84, 88, 92)
  • Feb 12 Chris Heyne, Offenbach Germ, WLAF General Manager (Frankfurt Galaxy)
  • Feb 13 Kyi Hla Han, Burmese golfer, born in Yangon
  • Feb 17 Deb[ra] Richardson, beach volleyballer (Olympics 1996), born in Minneapolis, Minnesota
  • Feb 17 Guy McIntyre, NFL guard (Philadelphia Eagles)
  • Feb 18 Alycia Moulton, tennis star, born in Sacramento, California
  • Feb 19 Justin Fashanu, English footballer (d. 1998)
  • Feb 19 Andy Wallace, English race car driver
  • Feb 20 Steve Lundquist, US swimmer (Olympics 2 gold-1984)
  • Feb 21 Yobes Ondieki, Kenya, 10K runner (world record)
  • Feb 21 Bertha Faye, American wrestler (d. 2001)
  • Feb 22 Marla O'Hara, Gardena Ca, WPVA volleyballer (Santa Cruz-3rd-1991)
  • Feb 22 Mike Morris, NFL center (Minnesota Vikings)
  • Feb 24 Janice Gibson, LPGA golfer (1994 Youngstown-Warren-15th), born in Tulsa, Oklahoma
  • Feb 24 Ruud Really, soccer player (Feyenoord)
  • Feb 25 Davey Allison, American race car driver (d. 1993)
  • Feb 25 Todd Blackledge, American football player

Person of interestPerson of Interest

Feb 27 James Worthy, American NBA forward (LA Lakers, 1988 Playoff MVP), born in Gastonia, North Carolina

NBA Small Forward James Worthy
NBA Small Forward
James Worthy
  • Feb 28 Barry McGuigan, British(?) boxer
  • Feb 28 Wayne Smith, Albany WA, Australian golfer
  • Feb 28 Eric Bachelart, Belgian racing driver
  • Mar 1 Mike Rozier, NFL halfback (Heisman Trophy-1983, Houston, Atlanta)
  • Mar 3 Perry McCarthy, English racing driver
  • Mar 4 David "Tinker" Juarez, American BMX and cross-country mountain bike racer, born in Los Angeles, California
  • Mar 4 Ray "Boom Boom" Mancini, boxer (killed a boxer in the ring)
  • Mar 4 Roger Wessels, Port Elizabeth South Africa, golfer (1994 Canadian Masters)
  • Mar 4 Sabine Everts, former German track athlete
  • Mar 5 Zeke Mowatt, NFL tight end (NY Giants)
  • Mar 8 Larry Murphy, Scarborough, NHL defenseman (Toronto Maple Leafs)
  • Mar 10 Jesse Sapolu, NFL guard (SF 49ers)
  • Mar 10 Mitch Gaylord, CA, gymnist (Olympics 1984)/actor (American Anthem)
  • Mar 10 Bobby Petrino, American football coach
  • Mar 10 Pam Oliver, American sportscaster
  • Mar 13 Cor Lems, soccer player (ADO The Hague/Dordrecht '90)
  • Mar 14 Greg Anderson, American NHRA driver
  • Mar 15 Craig Ludwig, Rhinelander, NHL defenseman (Dallas Stars)
  • Mar 15 Terry Cummings, NBA forward (Milwaukee Bucks, Philadelphia 76ers)
  • Mar 16 Mel Gray, NFL wide receiver/kick returner (Houston/Tennessee Oilers)
  • Mar 18 Kevan James, cricketer (all-rounder 4 wkts/4 balls & ton v India 1996)
  • Mar 18 Todd Nelson, Dalles Ore, tennis star
  • Mar 19 Jos Lansink, Dutch-Belgian equestrian
  • Mar 20 Kathy Guadagnino, LPGA golfer (1985 US Women's Open), born in Albany, New York
  • Mar 20 Jesper Olsen, Danish footballer
  • Mar 21 Wei Wang, US table tennis player (Olympics 1996), born in Beijing, China
  • Mar 21 Lothar Matthäus, German footballer
  • Mar 24 Dean Jones, cricketer (dashing Australian batsman & fielder 1984-92)
  • Mar 24 James T Gallagher Jr, PGA golfer (1990 Greater Milw), born in Johnstown, Pennsylvania
  • Mar 25 Mark David Brooks, PGA golfer (1994 Kemper Open), born in Fort Worth, Texas
  • Mar 27 Ellery Hanley, rugby league player
  • Mar 27 Tony Rominger, Swiss cyclist
  • Mar 28 Byron Scott, NBA guard (Vancouver Grizzlies)
  • Mar 29 Mike Kingery, St James MN, outfielder (Pittsburgh Pirates)
  • Mar 29 Gary Brabham, Australian racing driver
  • Mar 30 Doug Wickenheiser, Canadian ice hockey player (d. 1999)
  • Mar 31 Ron Brown, 4x100m runner (Olympic gold 1984), born in Los Angeles, California
  • Apr 1 Jim Jeffcoat, NFL defensive end (Buffalo Bills)
  • Apr 2 Cindy Mackey, LPGA golfer (1986 MasterCard Intl Pro-Am), born in Athens, Georgia
  • Apr 2 Gijs Steinmann, Dutch soccer player (Go Ahead Eagles)
  • Apr 4 Matt Cole, Stratford Ont, Canadian Tour golfer (1990 Space Coast)
  • Apr 7 Pascal Olmeta, French footballer
  • Apr 9 Kirk McCaskill, Kapuskasing Ont, pitcher (Chicago White Sox)
  • Apr 12 Julius Kariuki, Kenya, 3K steeplechaser (Olympic gold 1988)
  • Apr 15 Tiina Lillak, Finland, javelin thrower (Olympic silver 1984)
  • Apr 17 Boomer Esiason, West Islip, New York, American NFL quarterback (NY Jets, Cincinnati Bengals)
  • Apr 17 Norman Cowans, cricketer (England fast bowler in 19 Tests 1982-85)
  • Apr 18 Ian Doig, Seaforth Ont, Canadian Tour golfer (1985 Florida Classic)
  • Apr 18 Steve Lombardi, American wrestler
  • Apr 20 Don "Hitman" Mattingly, Evansville, Indiana, American MLB 1st baseman (NY Yankees/MVP 1985)
  • Apr 20 Marci Bozarth, Lampasas TX, LPGA golfer (1994 Lady Keystone Open-37th)
  • Apr 22 Jeff Hostetler, NFL QB (NY Giants, Raiders, Redskins/1990 Superbowl)
  • Apr 22 Jimmy Key, Huntsville Alabama, pitcher (Blue Jays, NY Yanks, Orioles)
  • Apr 26 Albert Lawrence, Jamaica, 4X100m relayer (Olympic silver 1984)
  • Apr 26 Nancy Scranton, Centralia IL, golfer (1991 du Maurier Ltd Classic)
  • Apr 28 Cathy Gerring, Ft Wayne IN, LPGA golfer (1990 Lady Keystone Open)

Weddings in Sport

HeartWedding of Interest

Jan 28 NFL coach Mike Ditka (21) weds Marge Dougherty

NFL Head Coach Mike Ditka
NFL Head Coach
Mike Ditka

HeartWedding of Interest

Jun 26 NFL Middle Linebacker Ray Nitschke (24) weds Jackie Forchette

NFL Middle Linebacker Ray Nitschke
NFL Middle Linebacker
Ray Nitschke

HeartWedding of Interest

Sep 10 Baseball player Ted Williams marries model Lee Howard (divorced 1967)

Baseball Player Ted Williams
Baseball Player
Ted Williams

HeartWedding of Interest

Nov 25 Racing car driver Mario Andretti (21) weds high school sweetheart Dee Ann Hoch (19)

Racing Car Driver Mario Andretti
Racing Car Driver
Mario Andretti

Deaths in Sport

  • Jan 2 Bob Catterall, cricketer (1555 runs/24 Tests for South Africa 1922-31), dies
  • Jan 8 Lynwood Thomas "Schoolboy" Rowe, American baseball pitcher (Detroit Tigers), dies at 50

Person of interestPerson of Interest

Jan 24 Alfred Carlton Gilbert, American athlete, inventor, and businessman (invented the Erector Set), dies at 76

  • Jan 26 Morris Nichols, cricketer (41 wkts in 14 Tests for Eng 1930-39), dies
  • Feb 15 Maribel Vinson, American figure skater (9 time US National Champion), dies at 49
  • Feb 23 Wilf Ferguson, cricket leg spinner (34 wickets for West Indies), dies
  • Feb 27 Platt Adams, high jumper (Olympic gold 1912), dies
  • Mar 23 A C Russell, cricketer (10 Tests for England 910 runs), dies
  • May 2 J C White, cricketer (49 wickets in 15 Tests for England 1921-31), dies
  • Jun 13 Ben Jones, Missouri, horse trainer (Citation, Whirlaway), dies at 79
  • Jun 15 Giulio Cabianca, Italian racing driver (b. 1923)
  • Jun 16 O C Scott, cricketer (WI leg-spinner in 8 Tests), dies

Person of interestPerson of Interest

Jul 17 Ty Cobb, American baseball great (Detroit Tigers) who set 90 MLB records during his career, dies of cancer at 74

MLB Legend Ty Cobb
MLB Legend
Ty Cobb
  • Aug 28 Thomas Connolly, 1st baseball umpire elected to hall of fame, dies
  • Sep 5 Ernest Bock, cricketer (Test for South Africa, 1935), dies
  • Sep 10 Wolfgang von Trips, German racing driver (b. 1928)
  • Sep 16 A P F Chapman, cricketer (26 Tests for England), dies
  • Oct 2 Reggie Spooner, cricketer (England centurion v South Africa 1912), dies
  • Oct 26 Edgar Mayne, cricketer (4 Tests for Australia around WWI), dies
  • Nov 25 Hubert Van Innis, Belgian archer (b. 1866)
  • Dec 15 William "Dummy" Hoy, professional baseball player, dies at 99
  • Dec 26 Charlie Frank, cricketer (S Af Test centurion v Aust 1921-22), dies