DONATELLI DIES: Augie Donatelli, a National League umpire for 24 years and the founder of the Major League Umpires Association, died yesterday in his sleep at his home in St. Petersburg, Fla. He was 76.
Donatelli umpired five World Series and four all-star games. But he is best known for arguing with players and managers and for a call in the fourth game of the 1957 Series between the Milwaukee Braves and New York Yankees. He awarded the Braves' Nippy Jones first base after ruling that Jones had been hit on the foot by a pitch -- evidenced by shoe polish on the ball.
MORGAN REWARDED: The status of Red Sox Manager Joe Morgan was settled when he was rewarded with another one-year contract extension through 1991.
NO BOONE: Royals catcher Bob Boone, on the disabled list for the first time in his 17-year career, was to have surgery yesterday on a broken and dislocated finger. He is expected to be out six weeks. The Royals called up reliever Steve Crawford from Omaha. . . .
The Dodgers optioned reliever Mike Hartley to Albuquerque of the Pacific Coast League to make room for pitcher Jim Gott (elbow injury). . . .
The Tigers sent pitcher Urbano Lugo to Class AAA Toledo and brought up pitcher Matt Kinzer.