April 1961 in Sport

Events in Sport


Sport awardGolf Major

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

Golfer Gary Player
Golfer
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

Sport awardGolf Tournament

Apr 16 Louise Suggs wins LPGA Dallas Civitan Golf Open

Golfer and Co-Founder of the LPGA Louise Suggs
Golfer and Co-Founder of the LPGA
Louise Suggs
  • 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

Sport awardGolf Tournament

Apr 30 Mickey Wright wins LPGA Titleholders Golf Championship

LPGA Golfer Mickey Wright
LPGA Golfer
Mickey Wright

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

Birthdays in Sport

  • 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 football player (Go Ahead Eagles), born in Utrecht, Netherlands
  • Apr 7 Pascal Olmeta, French footballer
  • Apr 9 Kirk McCaskill, Kapuskasing Ont, pitcher (Chicago White Sox)
  • Apr 12 Julius Kariuki, Kenyan 3K steeplechaser (Olympic gold 1988), born in Nyahururu, Kenya
  • 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 Mattingly, American MLB 1st baseman (NY Yankees/MVP 1985), born in Evansville, Indiana
  • Apr 20 Marci Bozarth, American LPGA golfer (1994 Lady Keystone Open-37th), born in Lampasas, Texas
  • Apr 22 Jeff Hostetler, NFL quarterback (NY Giants, Raiders, Redskins/1990 Superbowl)
  • Apr 22 Jimmy Key, Huntsville Alabama, pitcher (Blue Jays, NY Yanks, Orioles)
  • Apr 26 Matt Cole, Canadian Tour golfer (1990 Space Coast), born in Stratford, Ontario
  • Apr 26 Albert Lawrence, Jamaica, 4X100m relayer (Olympic silver 1984)
  • Apr 26 Nancy Scranton, American golfer (du Maurier Classic 1991), born in Centralia, Illinois
  • Apr 28 Cathy Gerring, Ft Wayne IN, LPGA golfer (1990 Lady Keystone Open)

Person of interestIsiah Thomas

Apr 30 Isiah Thomas, NBA forward (Detroit Piston; 1990 NBA playoff MVP), born in Chicago, Illinois

NBA Point Guard and Coach Isiah Thomas
NBA Point Guard and Coach
Isiah Thomas