MILEPOSTS—APPOINTED: Subject to confirmation by the U.S. Senate, WILLIAM RUCKELSHAUS as head of the new Environmental Protection Agency. Armed with a $1.4-billion budget and 5,743 aides, the current Justice Department official vowed, "We're going after polluters."
AWARDED: For three years the right to continue The Hambletonian, harness racing's premier event, to the DUQUOIN (Ill.) STATE FAIR, which pledged a $50,000 purse increase, raising the sum to about $200,000 in 1972, first year of the new contract.
NAMED: As 1970's Cy Young Award winners, National League Pitcher BOB GIBSON, following his 23-7 season with St. Louis, and American Leaguer JIM PERRY, who was 24-12 with Minnesota.
ENDED: A strike of the 16 basketball players at the UNIVERSITY OF DETROIT, who had claimed that Coach Jim Harding drove them "to a point of psychological depression." The school's athletic board gave Harding unanimous support.
REMOVED: GLENN DOBBS, as athletic director at the University of Tulsa, which has been penalized by the NCAA and Missouri Valley Conference for rules violations; to become the school's director of special development. Dr. John Dratz, chairman of Tulsa's physical education department, becomes interim athletic director.
REPLACED: Two National Football League coaches, TOM FEARS of New Orleans and CLIVE RUSH of Boston, by J. D. Roberts, coach of the Saints' minor league Richmond team, and John Mazur, the offensive coach of the Patriots.
SIGNED: Former St. Louis outfielder and Philadelphia holdout CURT FLOOD, by the Washington Senators, to a $110,000-a-year contract that includes the reserve clause Flood is contesting in his $4.1 million antitrust suit against baseball.
DIED: CHARLIE ROOT, 71, immortalized less by his 201 pitching wins in 16 seasons with the Chicago Cubs than by a home run he gave up to Babe Ruth in the 1932 World Series. Legend says Ruth called the shot by pointing at the center-field flagpole, but Root always denied this vigorously.
DIED: BILL GALLON, 32, winning horse in the 1941 Hambletonian who later sired several world record holders; at a farm near Charlotte, N.C.