RETIRED: College football's alltime winningest football coach, PAUL (BEAR) BRYANT of Alabama, 69, effective after the Crimson Tide's Dec. 29 game against Illinois in the Liberty Bowl. Bryant's 38-year career record at Maryland (1945), Kentucky (1946-53), Texas A&M (1954-57) and Alabama (1958-82) stands at 322-85-17, including six national championships during his 25 seasons at Alabama. Bryant will be replaced by RAY PERKINS, 41, an All-America wide receiver with the Crimson Tide in 1966. Perkins has had a 22-33 record in three-plus seasons as coach of the New York Giants. He will be replaced on the Giants by the team's defensive coordinator, BILL PARCELLS, 41 (page 24).
SIGNED: By the Chicago White Sox, free-agent Pitcher FLOYD BANNISTER, 27, formerly of the Seattle Mariners, to a reported five-year, $4.5 million contract; by the New York Yankees, free-agent Pitcher BOB SHIRLEY, 28, who played with the Cincinnati Reds last season, to a three-year, estimated $1.7 million deal, with an option on a fourth year.
TRADED: By Cincinnati, Pitcher TOM SEAVER, 38, to the New York Mets for Pitcher CHARLIE PULEO, 27, and two minor-leaguers; by San Francisco, Second Baseman JOE MORGAN, 39, and Relief Pitcher AL HOLLAND, 30, to Philadelphia for Pitcher MIKE KRUKOW, 30, and two minor-leaguers.
By Golden State, Guard WORLD B. FREE, 29, to Cleveland for Guard RON BREWER, 27.
DIED: Innovator in Grand Prix car design and construction and the founder of Lotus Cars Ltd., COLIN CHAPMAN, 54; of a heart attack; in Norfolk, England. Chapman's Lotus MK25, built in 1962, was the first racing car to have its engine integrated with its body in the monocoque design. He is also credited with helping develop a number of Grand Prix racing's finest drivers, including Jim Clark, Emerson Fittipaldi and Mario Andretti.