NAMED: American League Most Valuable Player, JIM RICE, 25, of Boston. The outfielder hit .315 and led the majors in home runs (46) and RBIs (139).
RETIRED: BOBBY ORR, 30, of the Boston Bruins (1966-76) and Chicago Black Hawks (1976-78). Named Rookie of the Year, Best Defenseman (eight times) and Most Valuable Player (three times), he was a first-team NHL All-Star on eight occasions and the first defense-man to lead the league in scoring.
TRADED: By the New York Yankees, Relief Pitcher SPARKY LYLE, Catcher MIKE HEATH, Infielder DOMINGO RAMOS and pitchers LARRY McCALL and DAVE RAJSICH, to the Texas Rangers for outfielders JUAN BENIQUEZ and GREG JEMISON, pitchers PAUL MIRABELLA, MIKE GRIFFIN and DAVE RIGHETTI and a reported $400,000.
DIED: Former world-heavyweight boxing champion GENE TUNNEY, 81; of a circulatory ailment; in Greenwich, Conn. Tunney won 56 fights, 41 by knockout, and had one draw and one defeat, at the hands of Harry Greb in 1922. He outpointed Jack Dempsey for the heavyweight title on Sept. 23, 1926, and again on Sept. 22, 1927 in the famous "long count" fight. Tunney defended his title once more—knocking out Tom Heeney on July 26, 1928—before retiring.