Milestones, Dec. 29, 1980

DIED. Peter Gregg, 40, U.S. driver who had dominated sports-car racing since 1971; of a self-inflicted gunshot wound; in St. Johns County, Fla. Gregg, who drove modified Porsches to victory in 47 races and six annual championships of the International Motor Sports Association, once said: "Winning is no longer that important. I just don't want these other guys to win."

DIED. Elston Howard, 51, versatile slugger who was one of the pioneering blacks in baseball's major leagues; of cardiac arrest; in New York City. In 1955, eight years after Jackie Robinson breached the game's color barrier by joining the Brooklyn Dodgers, Howard...

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