Events in Sport in May 1961

  • 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
  • May 12 Mikhail Botvinnik wins world chess championship for 3rd time

Sport awardGolf Tournament

May 14 Mickey Wright wins LPGA Columbus Golf Open

LPGA Golfer Mickey Wright
LPGA Golfer
Mickey Wright
  • May 14 Stirling Moss wins the 1961 Monaco Grand Prix
  • 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