NAMED: As MVP in the American League, REGGIE JACKSON of the World Champion Oakland A's, by a unanimous vote (only the sixth player in 52 years to earn such acclamation) of the Baseball Writers Association. Jackson batted .293 and led the league with 32 home runs and 117 RBIs.
NAMED: JOHN HILLER, Detroit Tiger relief pitcher, as winner of the Hutch Award, given to the player who best exemplifies the competitive spirit of Fred Hutchinson, former major league pitcher and manager who died of cancer nine years ago. Hiller came back from a 1971 heart attack to set a major league mark of 38 saves in 1973 and had a 10-5 record and a 1.44 ERA.
DIED: A. PATRICK (Paddy) SMITHWICK, 46, the nation's top steeplechase rider in 1956, '57, '58 and 1962, in Baltimore after a long illness. He had retired in 1966, ending a 20-year career in which he had 2,500 mounts, 500 winners and purse earnings of about $2 million.
DIED: LLOYD MANGRUM, 59, a member of golf's "Big Three" with Ben Hogan and Sam Snead in the 1940s and '50s, of a heart attack in Apple Valley, Calif. The PGA Hall of Famer won 37 major tournaments, capturing 11 in 1948 and was the leading money-winner in 1951.
DIED: JOHN (Honey) RUSSELL, 70, whose Seton Hall basketball teams had compiled a 294-137 won-loss record between 1936 and 1961, of a heart attack in South Orange, N.J. Russell also served as the first coach of the NBA Boston Celtics in 1946-47 and was selected for the Basketball Hall of Fame in 1964.