RENAMED: The ABA Denver Rockets, who will now be known as the Nuggets.
RESIGNED: Milwaukee Brewers Vice-President JIM WILSON, 52, to become director of the new Major League Central Scouting Bureau at the end of the season.
WITHDRAWN: World Boxing Council recognition of BOB FOSTER as world light heavyweight champion, for failure to defend his title against No. 2 contender John Conteh of Great Britain.
DIED: ROBERT C. BERGER, 46, of Philadelphia, when his 12-story-high helium balloon exploded and plummeted into Barnegat Bay, N.J. Berger, who had only a student pilot's license and previously had never flown a hot-air balloon, was attempting to cross the Atlantic.
DIED: HOWIE POLLET, 53, lefthanded pitching star (21-10) of the 1946 world champion St. Louis Cardinals, in Houston of cancer. Pollet, a major-leaguer from 1941 to 1956 with the Cardinals, Pirates and Cubs, had a lifetime record of 131-116.
DIED: SYLVIO MANTHA, 72, hockey Hall of Famer who played for the Montreal Canadiens from 1923 to 1936, in Montreal.