RESIGNED: New York Yankee Manager RALPH HOUK, 54, after his team finished a disappointing fourth in its division. Manager from 1961 to 1963 and from 1966 until his resignation, he led New York to three pennants and two world championships in '61 and '62.
REVERSED: Garry Bettenhausen's Sept. 16 victory in the first segment of the Michigan 250, by a three-man USAC board of appeals which awarded first place to BILL VUKOVICH. Vukovich, who had not won a championship race this season, appealed a one-lap penalty given him when he allegedly passed the pace car during a yellow flag period. Bettenhausen was moved back to second place.
DIED: Former harness racing official STEPHEN G. PHILLIPS, 86, who revolutionized the sport with the introduction of the mobile starting gate in 1937.