Bill Toomey, Olympic decathlon champion from the U.S., set a world pentathlon record (4,123 points) in an invitational meet at London's Crystal Palace.
MILEPOSTS—SOLD: For the third time since 1964, the BOSTON CELTICS, pro basketball's most successful team, by P. Ballantine and Sons Brewery for $6 million to Trans National Communications, Inc., which also owns the Oakland Seals ice-hockey team. The purchase price eclipsed the $5 million Jack Kent Cooke paid for the Los Angeles Lakers.
HIRED: As coach of the American Basketball Association's Pittsburgh Pipers, JOHN CLARK JR., after LSU's Press Maravich, father of Pete, turned down a long-term, high-paying contract offer. Clark, moving from St. Francis (Pa.) College, takes over the team that lost league MVP Connie Hawkins to Phoenix of the NBA.
OFFICIALLY HIRED: As Commissioner of Baseball, BOWIE KUHN, after serving in a pro tem capacity for six months. Said one official, "Actually it was more a matter of determining what he wanted than what we would want to give him." Kuhn wanted a seven-year pact worth more than $1 million, including a pension and other goodies, and he got it.
NAMED: GIL McDOUGALD, New York Yankee infielder from 1951-60, to the head baseball post at Fordham University, replacing Dan Rinaldo. who had been coach of the Rams for 11 years. McDougald played on eight Yankee pennant winners and was the first rookie to hit a grandslam home run in a World Series game.
RETIRED: Jockey BILL BOLAND, who rode more than 2,000 winners and finished in the money nearly 6,000 times in 19 years, to become a trainer. As a 16-year-old apprentice, he won the 1950 Kentucky Derby aboard Middleground.
DIED: EDWARD BURKE, 74, a forward on the original Celtics basketball team of the 1920s and more recently a successful owner and breeder of Thoroughbred racehorses, in a New York hospital. Burke's High Tide Stable produced top stakes winners, including Dedicate, handicap champion of 1957, who once beat Gallant Man and Bold Ruler in the same race.
DIED: In a rest home in San Francisco. WILLIAM F. COFFMAN, 86, founder and for 40 years the director of the annual East-West Shrine football game until his retirement in 1966.