July 1961 in Sport

Events in Sport


Sport awardGolf Major

Jul 1 US Open Women's Golf, Baltusrol GC: Mickey Wright wins by 6 strokes, despite a 2nd round 8-over par 80

LPGA Golfer Mickey Wright
LPGA Golfer
Mickey Wright

Sports record brokenBaseball Record

Jul 2 Amidst 5 NY Yankee homers v Washington, Roger Maris hits 29th and 30th en route to 61 for the season

American Baseball Player Roger Maris
American Baseball Player
Roger Maris
  • Jul 5 St Louis Cardinals first baseman Bill White smashes 3 HRs & a double in 9-1 rout of LA Dodgers

Sport awardTennis Open

Jul 8 75th Wimbledon Men's Tennis: Rod Laver of Australia beats American Chuck McKinley 6-3, 6-1, 6-4 for his 1st of 4 Wimbledon singles titles

Tennis Player Rod Laver
Tennis Player
Rod Laver
Tennis Player Wimbledon Champion Chuck McKinley
Tennis Player Wimbledon Champion
Chuck McKinley
  • Jul 8 Wimbledon Women's Tennis: In an all-British final Angela Mortimer beats Christine Truman 4–6, 6–4, 7–5
  • Jul 11 30th All Star Baseball Game: NL wins 5-4 in 10 at Candlestick Park, 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 Judy Kimball wins LPGA American Women's Golf Open
  • Jul 31 PGA Championship, Olympia Fields CC: Jerry Barber wins his only major title in a Monday 18-hole playoff with Don January (67-68)
  • Jul 31 31st All Star Baseball Game: 1-1 tie ends by rain at Fenway, Boston

Birthdays in Sport


Person of interestCarl Lewis

Jul 1 Carl Lewis, American sprinter/long jumper (9 Olympic gold 1984, 88, 92, 96), born in Birmingham, Alabama

Olympic Sprinter and Long jumper Carl Lewis
Olympic Sprinter and Long jumper
Carl Lewis
  • Jul 1 Malcolm Elliott, British road cyclist (Tour of Britain 1988), born in Sheffield, England
  • Jul 2 Pat Dufficy, Westerly RI, female catcher (Colo Silver Bullets)
  • Jul 4 Connie Paraskevin-Young, American sprint cyclist (Olymp-br-88, 92, 96), born in Detroit, Michigan
  • Jul 6 Benita Fitzgerald-Brown, Virg, 100m hurdler (Olympic gold 1984)
  • Jul 12 Bruce Braman, Greene NY, American canoeist (alt-Olympics 1996)
  • Jul 13 Anders Jarryd, Lidkoping Sweden, tennis star
  • Jul 13 Stelios Manolas, Greek footballer and manager

Person of interestForest Whitaker

Jul 15 Forest Whitaker, actor and director (The Last King of Scotland, Platoon), born in Longview, Texas

  • Jul 19 Maria Filatova, Soviet gymnast (Olympic 1976, 80 Gold), born in Leninsk-Kuznetsky, Kemerovo Oblast, Russia
  • Jul 21 Don Wilson, CFL linebacker (BC Lions)
  • Jul 21 Henry Ellard, NFL wide receiver (Washington Redskins)
  • Jul 22 Calvin Fish, English racing driver
  • Jul 23 Antoine Carr, American NBA forward and center (Utah Jazz), born in Oklahoma City, Oklahoma
  • Jul 24 Kerry Dixon, English footballer
  • Jul 26 Yolanda Chen, Russian triple jumper (indoor record), born in Moscow, Russia
  • Jul 26 Dimitris Saravakos, Greek footballer (Panathinaikos F.C), born in Athens, Greece
  • Jul 28 Alexander Kurlovitch, Soviet weightlifter
  • Jul 30 Reggie Roby, American NFL punter (Tampa Bay Bucs), born in Waterloo, Iowa
  • Jul 31 Chris Hinton, NFL guard (Minnesota Vikings)
  • Jul 31 Susan Sanders, LPGA golfer

Deaths in Sport


Person of interestTy Cobb

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
  • Jul 31 Jesse Harper, American College Football Hall of Fame coach (Notre Dame), dies at 77