White Sox: Steinbrenner's Bargain-Shopping Prevents Seaver Trade to Yankees

A reported deal that would have sent 300-game winner Tom Seaver to the New York Yankees fell through yesterday, said Jerry Reinsdorf, White Sox board chairman.

Seaver, who has asked to be traded to an East Coast team to be near his Greenwich, Conn., home, would have gone to the Yankees for relief pitcher Brian Fisher and some minor league prospects.

But Reinsdorf told United Press International, "My good friend Yankees owner George Steinbrenner is always looking for a bargain and, in this case, the price that they were willing to give up to get Seaver wasn't enough."

Friday afternoon, the White Sox were ready to complete the deal that would have sent the 41-year-old right-hander to the Yankees. But negotiations were never completed, according to Reinsdorf.

"We want to accommodate Tom," he said. "That's been our stance all along. But, we're not going to just give him away for nothing. That's never going to happen."

The Chicago Tribune reported yesterday the White Sox coveted Yankees minor league shortstop Carlos Martinez. Steinbrenner's refusal to part with him could have been one of the reasons the deal fell through . . .

An agent for Heisman Trophy winner Bo Jackson termed an offer by the Kansas City Royals "unique and very creative." Jackson and his agent, Richard Woods, met Friday with Royals General Manager John Schuerholz and owners Ewing Kauffman and Avron Fogelman. Specifics of the offer were not released.

Jackson is expecting a counteroffer from the Tampa Bay Buccaneers, who made him the No. 1 choice in the National Football League draft. He was a fourth-round pick in the amateur baseball draft earlier this month . . .

In interviews with investigators, teammates Rob Wilfong, Rick Burleson and Donnie Moore denied California Angels outfielder Reggie Jackson slammed a tavern patron's face on a table. Donald Weimer, 26, of Racine, Wis., who required stitches for a cut chin, said Jackson seized him during a postgame incident May 3 in a downtown tavern.

Mel Flanagan, assistant Milwaukee County district attorney, said the players told interviewers by telephone that they saw "no blows, no punches, no shoving."

Weimer has sued Jackson. The district attorney's office is investigating whether charges should be filed. BASKETBALL

Marquette coach Rick Majerus, who led the Warriors to three postseason appearances in the National Invitation Tournament and a 56-35 record in three seasons, has accepted an assistant coaching post with the Milwaukee Bucks.

James H. Scott, vice president for student affairs at Marquette, said Majerus was released from his contract to allow him to join Don Nelson's staff.

"It was as simple as two friends talking about the draft, because he knows about the kids," Nelson said in describing how he came to hire Majerus. Nelson said the Bucks regularly checked with Majerus to discuss potential draft choices. AUTO RACING

Tim Richmond won the pole for the Miller High Life 400 stock car race with a Michigan International Speedway-record qualifying speed of 172.031 mph.

Richmond's Chevrolet covered the two-mile oval in 41.853 seconds. It was the second time this season he won a pole and sixth time in 14 races he has been in the front row.

Thirty-one of the 40 starting drivers had qualifying speeds better than the record of 165.479 set last season by Bill Elliott.

Starting No. 2 will be Benny Parsons, with a clocking of 171.367 in an Oldsmobile. In the second row are Harry Gant (Chevrolet, 171.111) and Geoff Bodine (Chevrolet, 170.798).

Elliott, the defending Miller 400 champion, qualified eighth at 170.394. Richard Petty will make the 1,000th start of his 28-year career in 15th place with a speed of 168.887 in a Pontiac.

In the worst of two accidents during the time trials, Rick Baldwin of Martinsville, Va., hit the wall between turns one and two and suffered head and neck injuries. He is listed in critical condition at a Jackson, Mich., hospital.

Mark Stahl of San Diego hit the wall in the same place but was uninjured . . .

The thirty-five lap feature at Old Dominion Raceway in Manassas was won by Richmond's Curtis Markham in a Firebird. Danny Fair of Hoadley, also in a Firebird, was second and Sonny Simmons of Hoadley was third in a Camaro. JURISPRUDENCE

A Circuit Court jury in Honolulu is scheduled to resume deliberations Monday in the bribery trial of second-round Washington Redskins NFL draft pick Walter Murray.

Murray, a former University of Hawaii wide receiver, was arrested Oct. 18. Honolulu police officer Kyle Nobriga cited the driver of a moped for carrying Murray as a passenger and for driving the wrong way down a one-way street. Murray, 23, is charged with offering Nobriga free University of Hawaii football tickets if he overlooked the infractions. His attorney, Chester Kanai, contends Murray was not being serious when he made the offer. If convicted, Murray could face a $5,000 fine and a five-year prison term. LOCALLY

Former Boston Celtic Sam Jones and former New York Jet Johnny Sample will headline a celebrity tennis tournament at the Banneker courts, at Georgia Avenue and Euclid Street, N.W., June 29. The matches begin at 8 a.m. . . .

Langston Golf Course will host a junior golf academy for boys and girls, ages 7 to 17, beginning Monday and lasting for two weeks. A second class begins July 8. The free sessions will be run by Middle Atlantic PGA professionals . . .

The quarterfinal matches of the National Bank of Washington Embassy Cup soccer tournament will be played today at the John F. Kennedy Memorial Soccer Fields on the Mall. Defending champion Nigeria meets Brazil and Britain plays the World Bank at 9 a.m. Argentina faces Bolivia and Chile meets International Monetary Fund at 11 a.m. The semifinals will be held next Saturday and the final on June 28.