September 1961 in Sport

Events in Sport


Event of interestEvent of Interest

Sep 10 Mickey Mantle becomes 7th to hit HR # 400

Baseball Legend Mickey Mantle
Baseball Legend
Mickey Mantle
  • Sep 10 Italian Grand Prix, a crash causes the death of German driver Wolfgang von Trips and 13 spectators hit by his Ferrari

Sport awardTennis Open

Sep 10 81st U.S. Men's National Championship: Roy Emerson beats Rod Laver (7-5, 6-3, 6-2)

Tennis Player Roy Emerson
Tennis Player
Roy Emerson
Tennis Player Rod Laver
Tennis Player
Rod Laver

Sport awardTennis Open

Sep 10 75th U.S. Women's National Championship: Darlene Hard beats Ann Jones (6-3, 6-4)

Tennis Player Darlene Hard
Tennis Player
Darlene Hard

Sport awardGolf Tournament

Sep 15 61st US Golf Amateur Championship won by Jack Nicklaus

  • Sep 17 Minnesota Vikings' 1st NFL game (beat Chicago Bears 37-13)

Event of interestEvent of Interest

Sep 17 Fran Tarkenton plays his first NFL Game against the Chicago Bears, coming off the bench to lead the Vikings to a 37-13 victory, also becoming the only QB to throw four touchdown passes in his first career game

NFL Quarterback Fran Tarkenton
NFL Quarterback
Fran Tarkenton

Sports record brokenBaseball Record

Sep 20 Roger Maris hits home run # 59 & barely misses # 60 in game 154 of the season. Yanks clinch pennant #26

American Baseball Player Roger Maris
American Baseball Player
Roger Maris

Event of interestEvent of Interest

Sep 23 Ernie Banks ends 717 consecutive-games-played streak

MLB shortstop Ernie Banks
MLB shortstop
Ernie Banks

Sport awardGolf Tournament

Sep 24 Mickey Wright wins LPGA Sacramento Valley Golf Open

LPGA Golfer Mickey Wright
LPGA Golfer
Mickey Wright

Birthdays in Sport

  • Sep 2 Jeff Russell, American MLB pitcher (Texas Rangers), born in Cincinnatti, Ohio
  • Sep 2 Carlos Valderrama, Colombian footballer, born in Santa Marta, Colombia
  • Sep 3 Brian Thomas Kamm, PGA golfer (1994 Bell Canadian-6th), born in Rochester, New York
  • Sep 3 Greg Petersen, Canadian Tour golfer (1993 Klondike-6th), born in Iowa City, Iowa
  • Sep 3 Rene Gonzales, infielder (Texas Rangers), born in Austin, Texas
  • Sep 4 Rizwan-uz-Zaman, Pakistani cricketer
  • Sep 7 Mohammad Aslam, UAE cricketer batsman (1996 World Cup), born in Karachi, Pakistan
  • Sep 9 Jim Corsi, Newtonville MA, pitcher (Oakland A's)

Person of interestDan Marino

Sep 15 Dan Marino, NFL quarterback (Miami Dolphins), born in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania

Hall of Fame NFL Quarterback Dan Marino
Hall of Fame NFL Quarterback
Dan Marino
  • Sep 16 Mark Parent, Ashland OR, catcher (Detroit Tigers)
  • Sep 18 Sharon Barrett, LPGA golfer (1993 Nabisco Dinah Shore-22nd), born in San Diego, California
  • Sep 20 Becky Larson, LPGA golfer
  • Sep 20 Erwin Koeman, soccer player (PSV, FC Groningen)
  • Sep 22 Dot Richardson, softball infielder (Olympic gold 1996), born in Orlando, Florida
  • Sep 22 Vince Coleman, American MLB outfielder (6 x NL stolen base leader), born in Jacksonville, Florida
  • Sep 23 Phyllis Hines, cyclist (Olympics 1996), born in Nashville, Tennessee
  • Sep 24 Dillard Pruitt, PGA golfer (1991 Chattanooga Classic), born in Greenville, South Carolina
  • Sep 24 Allen Bestwick, Nascar broadcaster
  • Sep 25 Tim Zoehrer, cricketer (Aussie keeper, & occasional WA leggie)
  • Sep 27 Christopher J Perry, Edenton NC, PGA golfer (1987 Kemper Open-2nd)
  • Sep 28 Ed Vosberg, pitcher (Texas Rangers), born in Tucson, Arizona
  • Sep 28 Yordanka Donkova, Bulgaria, 100m hurdler (world record)
  • Sep 30 Chandrakant Pandit, Indian cricket wicket-keeper (late 80's)
  • Sep 30 Eric van de Poele, Belgian racing driver
  • Sep 30 Jorge Ricardo, Brazilian jockey, born in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil

Weddings in Sport


HeartWedding of Interest

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

Baseball Player Ted Williams
Baseball Player
Ted Williams

Deaths in Sport

  • Sep 5 Ernest Bock, cricketer (Test for South Africa, 1935), dies
  • Sep 10 Wolfgang von Trips, German racing driver, dies at 33
  • Sep 16 A P F Chapman, cricketer (26 Tests for England), dies