NAMED: Recipient of the Cy Young Award as the best pitcher in baseball, SANDY KOUFAX of the Los Angeles Dodgers, who led the majors in wins (26), innings pitched (336), complete games (27), strikeouts (382, a major league record) and earned run average (2.04), Koufax, the first to win the award twice, also pitched the fourth no-hit game of his career (a perfect game against the Cubs), a major league record. Recalling the traumatic arthritis condition in his left elbow that bothered him all season, Koufax said, "To have this kind of year and win this sort of award after wondering in the spring whether I'd be able to pitch once a week, or at all, just adds up to the most gratifying season I've ever had."
RETIRED: After 16 years of stock-car racing, JUNIOR JOHNSON, 35, winner of 34 NASCAR races and $243,000 in prizes during the last five years. "I want to make it clear that I am not quitting because I am too old to drive or am afraid of high-speed racing," said Johnson. "I have accomplished about everything I had hoped to as a driver. Now I want to relax and enjoy life." Johnson will supervise a racing operation for a Ford Motor Co. team and also serve as an engineering consultant for the Firestone Tire & Rubber Co.
RESIGNED: AL LOPEZ, 57, as manager of the Chicago White Sox, after their third second-place finish in a row, to become assistant general manager of the Sox. In 15 years of managing in the major leagues (Cleveland 1951-1956, Chicago 1957-1965), Lopez won two pennants (1954 and 1959) and came in second 10 times. His teams never finished out of the first division.