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

Sport awardGolf Tournament

May 14 Mickey Wright wins LPGA Columbus Golf Open

LPGA Golfer Mickey Wright
LPGA Golfer
Mickey Wright
  • 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)

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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