MILEPOSTS—ANNOUNCED: By NBC-TV and World Championship Tennis, Inc., a series of eight tournaments to be televised live starting Feb. 20. The move is expected to strengthen WCT in its battle for control of the sport with the United States Lawn Tennis Association.
NAMED: As winner of the National League's Cy Young Award, FERGUSON JENKINS of the Chicago Cubs. The 28-year-old righthander had a 24-13 record, winning 20 games or more for the fifth consecutive season. He also led the league with 30 complete games (in 39 starts) and 325 innings pitched and had 263 strikeouts and a 2.77 earned-run average.
NAMED: EARL LLOYD, 43, as coach of the Detroit Pistons. A former NBA forward who averaged 8.1 points a game over eight seasons, Lloyd replaces Bill van Breda Kolff, who resigned three days earlier.
NAMED: As head football coach at Texas Christian University, Defensive Coordinator BILLY TO HILL, 32, to succeed Jim Pittman, who had died five days earlier.
RETIRED: ELGIN BAYLOR, 37, after nine games in his 14th season as forward with the Los Angeles Lakers because he felt he could no longer perform up to his expectations. Baylor, a University of Seattle All-America in 1958 and a perennial All-Star in the NBA, scored 23,149 points in 846 games for a 27.4 average and pulled down 11,463 rebounds. Only Wilt Chamberlain and Oscar Robertson have scored more points in the league, and only four other players have totaled more rebounds. Both of Baylor's knees had undergone extensive surgery in the past, and last season he was sidelined with a torn Achilles' tendon. Baylor will remain with the Lakers as a scout and as a public relations consultant.
DIED: SAD SAM (Toothpick) JONES, 45, a pitcher for six major league teams in the 1950s and early '60s; of cancer, in Morgantown, W. Va. Jones, who threw a no-hitter for the Chicago Cubs in 1955, had a 102-101 record for 12 seasons.