MILEPOSTS—NAMED: BILLY MARTIN, the aggressive second baseman and ringleader of the New York Yankees' nightclub escapades of the 1950s, as manager of the Minnesota Twins to replace Cal Ermer. Martin, third-base coach for the Twins when they won the pennant in 1965, spent the last season managing the Denver Bears of the Pacific Coast League, a Minnesota farm team, to prepare himself for accession to a major league job.
NAMED: JOE SCHULTZ, a coach of the pennant-winning Cardinals and a journeyman catcher with the Pirates and the St. Louis Browns from 1939 to 1948. as manager of the new Seattle Pilots.
NAMED: CLYDE KING, former Dodger relief pitcher and currently manager of the Phoenix Giants of the PCL, a San Francisco farm team, to succeed Herman Franks as manager of the San Francisco Giants.
TRADED: VADA PINSON, one of the National League's better hitters with a .297 lifetime batting average for 11 years in the majors, to the pennant-winning St. Louis Cardinals by the Cincinnati Reds. In return the Reds received promising but disappointing Outfielder-First Baseman Bob Tolan, a .230 hitter in 1968 and right-handed Relief Pitcher Wayne Granger, 4 and 2 with a 2.25 ERA. In another trade completed by the Cardinals, whose transactions add impressive strength for the 1969 season, Pitcher Dave Giusti (11 and 14 won-lost and 3.19 ERA in 1968) and Catcher Dave Adlesh were obtained from Houston for reserve Catcher John Edwards and minor-leaguer Tom Smith.
ANNOUNCED: NINO BENVENUTI will defend his middleweight title against Don Fullmer, the No. 1 contender, on November 23 in San Remo, Italy.
RETIRED—GYPSY JOE HARRIS, 22-year-old middleweight contender, by the Pennsylvania State Athletic Commission after learning that he was blind in his right eye. Harris, as unorthodox in his boxing style as he was in his training habits, reportedly claims he received the injury in an accident outside of the ring some time ago and had passed several prefight examinations since by memorizing the eye chart. The blindness was discovered by chance after a special weigh-in to make certain Harris would be able to make the stipulated 156-pound weight for his October 15 fight with Manny Gonzalez.