RULED: By baseball arbitrator George Nicolau, that pitcher LaMARR HOYT, 32, must be reinstated by the San Diego Padres and that Hoyt's one-year suspension from baseball must be reduced to 60 days. Hoyt, who served 38 days in prison last winter following an October drug incident, had been released by the Padres in January.
SIGNED: By the Chicago Blackhawks, free agent goalie BOB MASON, 26, who was 31-20-6 over parts of four seasons with the Washington Capitals, to a reported four-year, $800,000 contract.
DIED: DICK HOWSER, 51, who won three division titles and a World Series championship as manager of the New York Yankees and Kansas City Royals from 1980 to 1986; of brain cancer; in Kansas City, Mo. A shortstop, Howser was a Rookie of the Year in 1961 and batted .248 in eight years with the K.C. Athletics, Indians and Yankees.
Fred B. Smith Jr., 60, a midfielder for Johns Hopkins during its four undefeated, national intercollegiate championship seasons (1947-50) and a member of the Lacrosse Hall of Fame; of lung cancer; in Baltimore. Smith, an insurance agent, was a full-time volunteer coach and scout at Johns Hopkins for the last 36 years.
Arthur Spector, 66, one of the original Boston Celtics; in New York City. Spector, who played at Villanova, was a 6'4" forward for the Celtics from 1946 to 1950. He averaged 5.0 ppg.