The Seattle Seahawks, on their way to becoming something special when they strutted past the Redskins on the NFL record charts last year, hired somebody special yesterday to help take them onward and upward:

Rusty Tillman.

Jack Pardee, no; Jack Patera, si. The Redskin coach wouldn't let the bodacious captain of George Allen's Washington extra-special suicide units play last year. Never mind, Tillman will work for the NFL coach of the year 1978 -- yes, coaching Patera's Seahawk special teams.

Tillman, a veteran of 107 games in eight Redskin campaigns although he never made the grade he fervently coveted, regular linebacker, got the ax after injuring a knee last preseason, settling for half a year's pay after an acrimonious parting. "The end of an era," Allen called it when Len Hauss, Tillman and Dennis Johnson were cut by the new regime the end of last August...

Tillman has kept up residence beyond Redskin Park, out Middleburg, Va., way, which reminds us, end-of-era-wise: Chateau des Rouges (read the shingle on the front gate; translation -- House of the Redskins) in Great Falls, Va., has changed hands. Seller: George Allen. Buyer: Salah Al-Hejailan. Price: $635,000. That's more than 100 percent appreciation in approximately five years. Ahh, fringe benefits...

Latest bidder -- "We think we have a handshake deal, and we're hoping to close it within the next week," he says -- to buy the A's from Charles Finley (and try to make a go in Oakland): Karl Eller, head of Combined Communications Corp., Phoenix. Eller and CCC are the folks who bought WJLA-TV-7 here from the (pre-Time) Washington Star, while scuttling their red-ink Phoenix franchise in the World Hockey Association. "I'm not so much interested in the baseball business as the Oakland business," said Eller. Holdings of Eller and CCC include the Oakland Tribune newspaper and downtown commercial investments... In Florida, Charles Shipman Payson, principal owner of the N.Y. Mets, said that team might be placed on the market if losses continue through this season...

Spring training: Dave Parker celebrated his new status as highest-paid in the trade by singling, tripling, homering his first three ups as Pirates beat White Sox... Reggie Smith poled three homers and Don Sutton fanned nine in five innings as Dodgers clipped Rangers, 8-3... Clint Hurdle doubled, singled twice, walked twice and Royals downed Yanks, 6-1.

Theodis Lee, so talented a teammate of Elvin Hayes on U. of Houston's 1967-68 team (voted No. 1 for the regular season by AP) that he went on to play for the Harlem Globetrotters, is dead at 33; in Houston, cancer. The 6-8 Lee joined the Trotters in '69 after cocaptaining the Cougars.

Sigh. Laura Baugh is engaged. At 23, she's in her sixth season on the women's pro golf tour, has yet to win a title but that doesn't stop male galleryites from crowding around -- now Wayne Dent, 29, a Reno businessman, will make the former Long Beach, Calif., beauty queen Laura Baugh Dent sometime after the June 7-10 LPGA Championship. They met more than a year ago when he was serving as an assistant golf professional near her winter home in Delray Beach Fla. Which one gave the golf lessons?