PHILADELPHIA (AP) _ K.O. ''Buddy'' Burbage, a speedy outfielder who played professional baseball from 1929 to 1942 in the Negro Leagues, died Wednesday. He was 84.

Burbage, who played at a time when blacks were kept out of the white major- leagues, began his career at Schenectady, N.Y., for the Mohawk Giants and shortly moved to the Baltimore Black Socks of the American Negro League.

He also played for the Homestead Grays, the Pittsburgh Crawfords, the Washington Black Senators and the Brooklyn Royal Giants.

Knowlington Burbage, 5-foot-6 1/2 , grew up in South Philadelphia and came up through the playground leagues - where his given name was shortened to ''Buddy.''

He wasn't allowed to join the team at Central High School because was already playing semipro, he recalled years later.

From the postwar years until illness forced him to retire in 1975, Burbage made his living primarily as a baggage handler at 30th Street Station, said his wife, Theresa, who survives him. Most Rev. Tiran Nersoyan

NEW YORK (AP) - Archbishop Tiran Nersoyan, former primate of the Diocese of the Armenian Apostolic Church of America, died Friday of cancer. He was 85.

He was elected primate in 1943. During his 10-year tenure, 11 new churches were established and 21 priests added to the clergy.

Nersoyan, a naturalized U.S. citizen, also was a founder of St. Nersess Seminary in New Rochelle and a religious scholar who lectured extensively.

Nersoyan was born in 1904 in Aintab, Cilicia, in southern Turkey. His family emigrated to Syria in 1915 during the massacres and deportations of Armenians by the Ottoman rulers.

He was ordained a priest in 1928, and in 1939 he was named pastor of the Armenian community in London.

Nersoyan was elected Armenian Patriarch of Jerusalem in 1957. But his tenure ended when he was deported from Jordan the following year. Helen Pepperday

ALBUQUERQUE (AP) - Helen Merrell Pepperday, widow of former Albuquerque Journal publisher Thomas M. Pepperday, died Saturday at her home. She was 91.

Her late husband became publisher of the Journal in 1926, and she married him the following year. After his death in 1956, he was succeeded as publisher by his nephew, C. Thompson Lang, and later by grandnephew T.H. Lang.

Mrs. Pepperday was born in Kerrville, Tenn., the daughter of Andrew and Helen Merrell. Lang said she came to Albuquerque when it was ''little more than a frontier town.''