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September 10, 1961 in Sports History

Day of the Week: Sunday

Events in Sport


Sport awardUS Open Women's Tennis

75th US National Championship Women's Tennis, Forest Hills, NY: Defending champion Darlene Hard beats England's Ann Jones 6-3, 6-4

Tennis Player Darlene Hard
Tennis Player
Darlene Hard
  • American Ferrari driver Phil Hill wins Italian Grand Prix at Monza to clinch F1 World Drivers Championship; first American F1 world champion
  • Italian Grand Prix, a crash causes the death of German driver Wolfgang von Trips and 13 spectators hit by his Ferrari

Event of interestEvent of Interest

Mickey Mantle becomes 7th to hit HR # 400

Baseball Legend Mickey Mantle
Baseball Legend
Mickey Mantle

Sport awardUS Men's Tennis Open

US National Championship Men's Tennis, Forest Hills, NY: In an all-Australian final Roy Emerson beats Rod Laver 7-5, 6-3, 6-2; Emerson's second Grand Slam title

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

Weddings in Sport


LoveWedding of Interest

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

Baseball Player Ted Williams
Baseball Player
Ted Williams

Deaths in Sport

  • Wolfgang von Trips, German racing driver, dies at 33
1961 in Sport