May 1961 in Sport

Events in Sport

  • 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

Sport awardGolf Tournament

May 14 Mickey Wright wins LPGA Columbus Golf Open

LPGA Golfer Mickey Wright
LPGA Golfer
Mickey Wright
  • 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

Birthdays in Sport

  • May 1 Charlie O'Brien, catcher (Brewers, Mets, Braves, Blue Jays), born in Tulsa, Oklahoma
  • May 1 Steven Cauthen, jockey (1978 Kentucky Derby-Affirmed)
  • May 2 Peter Doohan, Australian professional tennis player, born in Newcastle, NSW (d. 2017)
  • May 3 Steve McClaren, English football manager
  • May 4 Eugene Daniel, NFL center (Indianapolis Colts, Baltimore Ravens)
  • May 4 Luis Herrera, Colombian cyclist
  • May 5 Hiro Hase, wrestler (NJPW)
  • May 8 Riaz Poonawalla, cricketer (Indian 12th man/UAE bat 1994 ICC Trophy)
  • May 9 Rene Capo, Pinal del Rio Cuba, half-heavyweight judoka (Olympics 1996)
  • May 10 Blyth Tait, England, NZ equestrian 3 day event (Olympic gold 1996)
  • May 10 Randy Cunneyworth, Etobicoke, NHL left wing (Ottawa Senators)
  • May 12 Thomas Dooley, German-American Soccer Player

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May 13 Dennis Rodman, NBA forward (Chicago Bulls), born in Trenton, New Jersey

Basketball Player Dennis Rodman
Basketball Player
Dennis Rodman
  • May 14 Alain Vigneault, Canadian ice hockey coach
  • May 15 Anne Kelly, LPGA golfer
  • May 16 Kevin Guidry, NFL tackle (Denver Broncos)
  • May 20 Clive Allen, WLAF kicker (London Monarchs)
  • May 20 Sally Quinlan, LPGA golfer
  • May 20 Vaughn Jefferis, Matangi NZ, equestrian 3 day event (Olymp-bronze-96)
  • May 23 Dave Babych, Edmonton, NHL defenseman (Vancouver Canucks)
  • May 23 Kevin Romine, baseball player
  • May 25 Hiro Saito, wrestler (All-Japan/NJPW/Calgary)
  • May 26 Stephen Robert Pate, Ventura CA, PGA golfer (1987 Southwest Classic)
  • May 27 Jill Sterkel, US swimmer (Olympic bronze 1976, 84, 88)
  • May 27 John Lugbill, Wauseon Ohio, US canoeist/kayaker (Olympic-92)
  • May 29 Todd Boonstra, cross country skier (Olympics 1994), born in Minneapolis, Minnesota

Deaths in Sport

  • May 2 J C White, cricketer (49 wickets in 15 Tests for England 1921-31), dies