ELECTED: To the Baseball Hall of Fame, JOHN HENRY (Pop) LLOYD and MARTIN DIHIGO, by the Committee on Negro Baseball Leagues; and AMOS RUSIE, JOE SEWELL and AL LOPEZ, by the Committee on Veterans. Lloyd, who played from 1905 to 1931, had a career batting average of about .362; the Cuban-born Dihigo, whose career extended from 1923-1950, played every position in his 12 seasons in the U.S. and won more than 200 games in the Mexican and Cuban winter leagues. Rusie, a pitcher who died in 1942, had a 243-160 record for Indianapolis, the Giants and the Reds; Sewell, 78, a shortstop for the Indians and third baseman for the Yankees, had a career batting average of .312 and struck out only 114 times in 7,132 at bats; Lopez, 68, a catcher for 19 seasons, was elected for his managerial achievements—in 16 seasons (spanning the years 1951 through '69) with the Indians and the White Sox he won two pennants and finished second 10 times.
NAMED: Head coach of the Denver Broncos, ROBERT (Red) MILLER, 49, formerly offensive coordinator of the New England Patriots. Miller succeeds JOHN RALSTON, 49, whose resignation was forced by player dissatisfaction and a front-office change in which he was ousted as general manager. Ralston guided the Broncos to a 9-5 record last season, the best in their 17-year history, and had a 34-33-3 record in his five seasons.
NAMED: Head basketball coach at the University of Evansville (Ind.), JERRY SLOAN, 34, a former All-Pro guard for the Chicago Bulls. Sloan will replace Arad McCutchan, 64, for whom he played at Evansville from 1963 to 1965. McCutchan has coached the Purple Aces for 31 years and has a 509-310 record.
DIED: REVEREND GILBERT L. DODDS, 58, the 1943 Sullivan Award winner and the premier U.S. miler in the mid '40s; of a brain tumor; in St. Charles, Ill. A minister of the Brethren Church, Dodds set a world indoor record of 4:05.3 at the 1948 Millrose Games in Madison Square Garden, and it stood for six years.