On This Day

Events in Sport in June 1961

  • Jun 3 93rd Belmont: Braulio Baeza aboard Sherluck wins in 2:29.2

Event of interestEvent of Interest

Jun 4 LPGA Western Open Women's Golf, Belle Meade CC: Mary Lena Faulk wins by 6 strokes ahead of runner-up Betsy Rawls

LPGA Golfer Betsy Rawls
LPGA Golfer
Betsy Rawls
  • 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

Sports record brokenBaseball Record

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

Baseball Player Roger Maris
Baseball Player
Roger Maris
  • Jun 17 US Open Men's Golf, Oakland Hills CC: Gene Littler wins his sole major title, 1 stroke ahead of runners-up Bob Goalby and Doug Sanders
  • 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 Philadelphia Phillies overcome 9 run deficit; trailing 11-2 after 7 innings, score 4 in 8th and 6 in 9th to beat Pirates, 12-11 at Forbes Field, Pittsburgh
  • Jun 25 Baltimore and California use a record 16 pitchers in a game (8 each) in 14 inns

Sports record brokenBaseball Record

Jun 29 SF outfielder Willie Mays becomes the 4th player in MLB history with 3 or more home runs twice in one season with a 10th inning blast in Giants 8-7 win over the Phillies in Philadelphia

MLB Legend Willie Mays
MLB Legend
Willie Mays