MILEPOSTS—DEMOTED: After coaching the Pistons of the NBA to their best season (40-42) since they moved to Detroit in 1957, DONNIS BUTCHER, who had held the job for one full season, will return to his former duties as head scout. He is replaced by Assistant Paul Seymour.
HIRED: CAL STOLL, for 10 years an assistant coach at Michigan State, to replace Bill Tate as head football coach at Wake Forest. Tate resigned last month after five years and a 17-32-1 record.
RETIRED: Under pressure, from his $65,000-a-year job as commissioner of baseball, WILLIAM D. ECKERT, USAF (Ret.), after three lusterless years of a seven-year contract (page 24).
SOLD: For a reported $9 million, the WASHINGTON SENATORS to Robert E. Short, a Minneapolis executive who is treasurer of the Democratic National Committee and a former owner of the Los Angeles Lakers of the NBA.