MILEPOSTS—MERGED: The UNITED SOCCER ASSOCIATION and the NATIONAL PROFESSIONAL SOCCER LEAGUE into an alignment of 20 teams in 20 different cities. The new league—still nameless—plans to operate next season with two divisions: the United, headed by USA Commissioner Dick Walsh, and the National, headed by NSPL Commissioner Ken Macker.
TRADED: New York Mets Outfielder TOMMY DAVIS, 28, the two-time National League batting champion who hit .302 last year, and Pitcher JACK FISHER, 28, plus two minor-leaguers, to the Chicago White Sox for Center Fielder TOMMIE AGEE, 25, and Infielder AL WEIS, 28. In two separate deals Philadelphia sent Left-hander DICK ELLSWORTH, 27, and Catcher GENE OLIVER, 32, to the Boston Red Sox for Catcher MIKE RYAN, 26, and traded Pitcher JIM BUNNING, 36, who had a 74-46 record, 992 strikeouts and a 2.48 ERA the past four seasons, to Pittsburgh for Pitcher WOODIE FRYMAN, 24, and three minor-leaguers.
RESIGNED: As head football coaches, Colgate University's HAL LAHAR, 49 (53-40-8 for 15 years), to devote full time to his duties as athletic director; and Bowling Green State University's BOB GIBSON, 40 (19-9 for three years).
RETIRED: From professional football to devote full time to his job with a textile firm. Linebacker SAM HUFF, 33, a five-time All-Pro. Huff played with the Washington Redskins the past four years but gained his greatest fame with the New York Giants (1956-1963).
RETIRED: Left-hander CURT SIMMONS, 38, who became one of the first big bonus babies in major league baseball when he signed with the Phillies in 1947 for $65,000. Simmons, who also pitched for the Cubs, Cards and Angels, had a career total of 193 wins, 183 losses.
ANNOUNCED: The retirement next June of RALPH FUREY, 64, as director of athletics at Columbia University, after 24 years. Furey, one of the founders of the Ivy League in 1945, was the first president of the ECAC.