MILEPOSTS—RESIGNED: DON KESSINGER, 37, as manager of the Chicago White Sox. Kessinger, who simultaneously retired as a player, had a 47-60 record in his first season as a manager, and as a reserve shortstop was batting .200. TONY LA RUSSA, 34, manager of the White Sox' Triple A team in Des Moines, was named interim manager.
SOLD: For $12 million by the family of Jerold Hoffberger, the BALTIMORE ORIOLES, to Washington attorney and Washington Redskins President Edward Bennett Williams.
TRADED: By the New York Yankees, Centerfielder MICKEY RIVERS, 30, and three minor league players, to Texas, for Outfielder/Designated Hitter OSCAR GAMBLE, 31, and three minor-leaguers. Rivers was hitting .289 this season and Gamble .335.
DIED: THURMAN MUNSON, 32, catcher and captain of the New York Yankees; in the crash of his private jet at the Akron-Canton airport. Munson, an All-America catcher at Kent State, came to the Yankees in 1969. In 1970, his first full season, he hit .302 and was voted American League Rookie of the Year. He won the MVP award in 1976, and was named to the All-Star team seven times. In 11 seasons with New York he hit .292 with 113 home runs and 701 RBIs.