Events in Sport in April 1961

Sport awardGolf Major

Apr 10 25th Masters Golf Tournament: Gary Player wins, shooting a 280

Golfer Gary Player
Golfer
Gary Player
  • Apr 10 New Washington Senators loses 1st regular-season game 4-3 to White Sox
  • Apr 11 15th NBA Championship: Bos Celtics beat St Louis Hawks, 4 games to 1

Event of interestEvent of Interest

Apr 12 Douglas MacArthur declines offer to become baseball commissioner

US WWII General Douglas MacArthur
US WWII General
Douglas MacArthur

Sport awardGolf Tournament

Apr 16 Louise Suggs wins LPGA Dallas Civitan Golf Open

Golfer and Co-Founder of the LPGA Louise Suggs
Golfer and Co-Founder of the LPGA
Louise Suggs
  • Apr 16 Stanley Cup: Chicago Blackhawks beat Detroit Red Wings, 4 games to 2
  • Apr 19 65th Boston Marathon won by Eino Oksanen of Finland in 2:23:39
  • Apr 23 Mary Lena Faulk wins LPGA Babe Didrikson-Zaharias Golf Open

Sports record brokenBaseball Record

Apr 26 Roger Maris hits 1st of 61 homers in 1961

American Baseball Player Roger Maris
American Baseball Player
Roger Maris
  • Apr 27 NFL officially recognizes Hall of Fame in Canton, Ohio
  • Apr 28 Warren Spahn pitches 2nd no hitter at 41 beats SF Giants, 1-0
  • Apr 29 ABC's "Wide World of Sports" debuts

Sport awardGolf Tournament

Apr 30 Mickey Wright wins LPGA Titleholders Golf Championship

LPGA Golfer Mickey Wright
LPGA Golfer
Mickey Wright

Sports record brokenBaseball Record

Apr 30 San Francisco Giant Willie Mays hits 4 HRs in a game

MLB Legend Willie Mays
MLB Legend
Willie Mays