MILEPOSTS—CONVICTED: Of driving under the influence of alcohol, Chicago Bears head coach MIKE DITKA, 46, who was arrested on Oct. 14 near O'Hare Airport. Ditka must now attend classes on alcohol abuse and pay a $300 fine.
HONORED: As the National League Manager of the Year, by the Baseball Writers Association of America, WHITEY HERZOG, 54, of the St. Louis Cardinals; and as the American League Manager of the Year, BOBBY COX, 44, who led the Toronto Blue Jays to the Eastern Division title before quitting to become the general manager of the Atlanta Braves.
NAMED: As manager of the Houston Astros, HAL LANIER, 43, who was third base coach for the St. Louis Cardinals. He replaces Bob Lillis, who was dismissed last month.
DIED: CONSTANTINE (CUS) D'AMATO, 77, longtime boxing manager, of pneumonia; in New York (page 20).