MILEPOSTS—BARRED: By the Milan Soccer Club, the traditional Italian custom of lacing after-dinner coffee with brandy—on Saturday nights only because the mixture might make the players "nervous" in Sunday league matches.
NAMED: To the Baseball Hall of Fame, JAMES (Cool Papa) BELL (SI, Aug. 20, 1973), by a special committee on Negro leagues. Bell was acclaimed the "Black Ty Cobb" because of his speed on the bases and the fact that he never hit below .308 during a career that ran from 1922 to 1950.
NAMED: As swimming coach at UCLA, effective next September, GEORGE HAINES, 49, who coached four U.S. Olympic swimming teams and also guided the Santa Clara Swimming Club for 23 years.
RESIGNED: As coach of the NHL St. Louis Blues, JEAN GUY TALBOT, citing health, family reasons and the team's slump. The Blues have managed only a tie in their last seven games. St. Louis Winger LOU ANGOTTI will step in as a nonplaying coach.
SIGNED: UCLA running back and long jumper JAMES McALISTER, with the International Track Association. McAlister had the best long jump last year among amateurs, 27'�".
DIED: JAMES A. (Buck) FREEMAN, 69, basketball tactician and coach of the St. John's "Wonder Teams" of 1927-36, which compiled 179 wins and 32 losses; in Columbia, S.C. Freeman had been an assistant to Frank McGuire, first at North Carolina where they produced the 1957 national champion, and then at South Carolina.