June 1961 in Sport

Events in Sport

  • 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

Sports record brokenBaseball Record

Jun 11 Roger Maris hits 19th & 20th of 61 HRs

American Baseball Player Roger Maris
American Baseball Player
Roger Maris
  • 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

Sports record brokenBaseball Record

Jun 29 Willie Mays is 4th major leaguer with 3 or more HRs twice in a season

MLB Legend Willie Mays
MLB Legend
Willie Mays

Birthdays in Sport

  • Jun 1 Johnny Ray Huston, Mt Vernon IL, PGA golfer (1990 Honda Classic)
  • Jun 1 Mark Rodenhauser, NFL center (Green Bay Packers, Carolina Panthers)

Person of interestPerson of Interest

Jun 1 Paul Coffey, Canadian NHL forward (Oilers, Penguins, Red Wings), born in Weston, Ontario

NHL Star Paul Coffey
NHL Star
Paul Coffey
  • Jun 2 Kerry Junna-Saxby, Australian 10k walker (Olympics-15th-1992, 96)
  • Jun 3 Kevin Arnott, cricketer (Zimbabwe batsman, 101* v NZ 1992)
  • Jun 3 Peter Glen Vidmar, gymnist (Olympic-2 gold/silver-1984), born in Los Angeles, California
  • Jun 4 Cathy Marino, LPGA golfer
  • Jun 5 Ramesh Krishnan, Indian tennis star
  • Jun 6 Bill Bates, American football safety (Dallas Cowboys), born in Knoxville, Tennessee, United States
  • Jun 6 Aldo Costa, Italian engineer and the Engineering Director of the Mercedes Formula One team, born in Parma, Italy
  • Jun 8 Kevin Gross, Downey CA, pitcher (Texas Rangers)
  • Jun 12 Rod Latham, cricketer (NZ opening batsman)
  • Jun 14 Grace Jackson, St Ann Jamaica, 200m runner (Olympic silver 1988)
  • Jun 14 Sam Perkins, NBA forward/center (Seattle Supersonics)
  • Jun 15 Dave McAuley, Northern Irish boxer
  • Jun 16 Robbie Kerr, cricketer (Queensland opener 2 Tests for Australia 1985)
  • Jun 18 Andres Galarraga, Venezuelan infielder (Colorado Rockies), born in Caracas
  • Jun 20 Gary Varsho, baseball player
  • Jun 20 Karin Enke, Dresden German DR, speed skater (Olympic gold 1980, 84)
  • Jun 21 Karen Barber, ice skater
  • Jun 22 Stephen Batchelor, British Olympic hockey player, born in Beare Green, Surrey
  • Jun 23 LaSalle Thompson, NBA forward/center (Philadelphia 76ers)
  • Jun 24 Bernie Nicholls, Haliburton, NHL center (Chicago Blackhawks)
  • Jun 24 Jim Laver Carter, Spring Lake NC, PGA golfer (1995 Anheuser-Busch)
  • Jun 24 Natalya Shaposhnikova, USSR, sidehorse vaulter (Olympic gold 1980)
  • Jun 26 Greg LeMond, US professional road cyclist (Tour de France winner-1986, 1989, 1990), born in Lakewood, California
  • Jun 28 Jay Schroeder, NFL quarterback (Wash Redskins, LA Raiders), born in Milwaukee, Wisconsin
  • Jun 28 Jeff Malone, NBA guard (Washington Bullets, Miami Heat), born in Mobile, Alabama
  • Jun 30 Karolyn Kirby, US beach volleyball player (Goodwill-gold-94)

Weddings in Sport


HeartWedding of Interest

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

NFL Middle Linebacker Ray Nitschke
NFL Middle Linebacker
Ray Nitschke

Deaths in Sport

  • 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