1861 in sports
1861 in sports describes the year's events in world sport.
|Years in sports:||1858 1859 1860 1861 1862 1863 1864|
|Centuries:||18th century · 19th century · 20th century|
|Decades:||1830s 1840s 1850s 1860s 1870s 1880s 1890s|
|Years:||1858 1859 1860 1861 1862 1863 1864|
- The National Association establishes the December annual meeting, a change from March, meeting twice during calendar 1860. Membership slips from 59 to 55 clubs and then the outbreak of the American Civil War in the spring sharply cuts both inter-city travel and the number of matches played in greater New York City. Some clubs practically disband.
- 20 October — the first English team to tour Australia sets sail from Liverpool. The team is captained by H. H. Stephenson. No first-class matches are played.
- The inaugural running of the Melbourne Cup in Australia is won by Archer. The Melbourne Cup is a race for three-year-olds and above, over a distance of 3,200 metres (approximately two miles).
- Grand National – Jealousy
- 1,000 Guineas Stakes – Nemesis
- 2,000 Guineas Stakes – Diophantus
- The Derby – Kettledrum
- The Oaks – Brown Duchess
- St. Leger Stakes – Caller Ou
- Queen's Plate – Wild Irishman
The Boat Race
- Harvard–Yale Regatta – not contested 1861 to 1863