MILEPOSTS—ACQUIRED: By the New York Rangers. Forward NICK FOTIU, 28, from the Hartford Whalers for future considerations.
ELECTED: To the baseball Hall of Fame, BOB GIBSON, 45, who had a 251-174 record, a 2.91 ERA and 3,117 strikeouts in his 17 seasons as a pitcher for the St. Louis Cardinals. In 1968 he was the National League MVP and won the first of his two Cy Young Awards with a 22-9 record and a 1.12 ERA. His record in three World Series was 7-2.
FINED: By the NHL, three members of the Boston Bruins and Colorado Rockies, $5,900 for three incidents that took place during their game in Denver on Jan. 3.
HIRED: To succeed Jack Pardee as head coach of the Washington Redskins. JOE GIBBS, 40, who has been offensive coordinator of the San Diego Chargers for the past two seasons.
NAMED: As manager of the San Francisco Giants, FRANK ROBINSON, 45, who managed Cleveland to a 186-189 record in 1975, '76 and part of the '77 season. He has been a coach with the Baltimore Orioles for the last two years.