- With Bill, becomes the first brother combination to hit homers in the same inning, on Sept. 15 at Toronto, since Hank and Tommy Aaron in 1962.
- Wins the Most Valuable Oriole award outright for the first time after sharing it with Eddie Murray twice.
- Commits only three errors in 681 chances over 161 games for a major-league-record percentage of .996.
- Sets major-league mark with 95 straight errorless games and 431 consecutive chances without an error.
- Becomes the most prolific home run-hitting shortstop in American League history, surpassing Vern Stephens.
- Plays his 1,308th consecutive game, passing Everett Scott for second on the all-time list.
- Breaks the 20-home run mark for the ninth straight year, extending his major-league record for shortstops. Is one of only 12 players to hit 20 or more homers in each of his first nine full seasons.
- Leads the Orioles in runs, hits, doubles, triples, homers, RBIs, walks and intentional walks.
- Drives in the game's decisive run in 10 of the Orioles' last 28 victories.
The year in baseball . . .
- Nine pitchers record no-hitters, including Nolan Ryan (right), who at 43 becomes the oldest to complete this feat, on June 11 over Oakland.
- The Cincinnati Reds, under Lou Piniella, lead from start to finish, winning the World Series.
- Pete Rose is sentenced to five months in federal prison and fined $50,000 for tax evasion.
- George Steinbrenner, under pressure from commissioner Fay Vincent, resigns as general managing partner of the Yankees on July 30.
- George Brett becomes the first player to win batting titles in three different decades.
. . . and the world
- Earth Day revives interest in the environment and renews efforts toward recycling.
- The Hubble Space Telescope fails to live up to expectations.
- Margaret Thatcher is ousted as prime minister of Britain.
- James "Buster" Douglas, a 45-1 underdog, knocks out Mike Tyson in the 10th round to become the undisputed heavyweight champion on Feb. 11.
- Hank Gathers of Loyola Marymount dies on the court after a slam-dunk during a West Coast Conference tournament game on March 4.