Sixties Pizzazz
The Sixties in Pictures, Videos, Sounds and Music

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Associated Press Athlete of the 1961:  Wilma Rudolph and Roger Maris


Professional Sports 1961



roger maris 1961

Most Valuable Player in the American league.

New York Yankee outfielder Roger Maris hits 61 home runs to break Babe Ruth's single season record.


World Series: New York Yankees win 4 games to 1 over the Cincinnati Reds.

The series MVP is Whitey Ford of the Yankees.

Mickey Mantle becomes the highest paid player at $75,000 per season.

Minnesota Twins 1961


The Washington Senators move to Minneapolis as the Minnesota Twins.



Los Angeles Angels 1961

New team: Los Angeles Angels (Anaheim).





Texas Rangers 1961


New team: Texas Rangers (Dallas).






NFL Championship: Green Bay Packers won 37-0 over the New York Giants


AFL Championship: Houston Oilers won 10-3 over the San Diego Chargers


Minnesota Vikings 1961New team: Minnesota Vikings Fran Tarkenton came off the bench in his pro debut and led the Vikings to an upset win over the Chicago Bears in the team's first game.






NBA Championship:
Boston Celtics won 4 games to 1 over the St. Louis Hawks


Washington Wizards 1961

New Team: Washington Wizards







Floyd Patterson knocks out Ingemar Johansson (again) and Tom McNeeley to hold the Heavyweight Championship.


NHL - Hockey


Stanley Cup: Chicago Blackhawks win 4 games to 2 over the Detroit Red Wings. Leading scorer: Bernie "Boom-Boom" Geoffrion, Montreal Canadiens

Most Valuable Player: Bernie "Boom-Boom" Geoffrion, Montreal Canadiens




Grand Slam of golf results:
The Masters - Gary Player

US Open - Gene Littler
British Open - Arnold Palmer
PGA Championship - Jerry Barber



Horse Racing

Kentucky Derby - Carry Back
Preakness Stakes - Carry Back
Belmont Stakes - Sherluck



College Sports 1961





Heisman Trophy: Ernie Davis of Syracuse becomes the first black player to gain the prize.

Cotton Bowl - Texas 12, Mississippi 7

Orange Bowl - LSU 25, Colorado 7

Rose Bowl - Minnesota 21, UCLA 3

Sugar Bowl - Alabama 10, Arkansas 3



"Bear" Bryant 1961


"Bear" Bryant in his first year at for the Crimson Tide goes undefeated for the season and wins the championship.

National college football championship: Alabama Crimson Tide





NCAA National Champions: 
Cincinnati  70, Ohio St. 65


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The idea behind this project is to present the Sixties in an interesting manner with as much audio and visual content as we could manage without slowing things down too much.


Unlike most Sixties websites that are a hodgepodge of decade wide information, we approached this project year by year. WIth each year of the Sixties including categories in history, television, movies, music, sports, books, comedy, technology and toys.

Beyond the nostalgia and retro feel for those who lived through the time, it is also designed to attract the younger crowd.


We have enjoyed some success in that endeavor as this webiste has become quite popular with teachers who use Sixties Pizzazz to get their Middle and High school students interested in our historic and cultural past by assigning projects and papers to this and our other PIZZAZZ websites.


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