1885 December

4th  The NL Metropolitans franchise is sold to millionaire Erastus Wiman. The Metropolitan Exhibition Company receives $25,000 for the transaction.

8th  At an AA meeting in Philadelphia, the Metropolitan club is removed from the Association, and the National club of Washington is admitted. By court order, the Metropolitans will be readmitted.

18th  The Washington Nationals are admitted to the NL, in place of Providence. The Washington club was displaced in the AA by the court’s decision that the Mets’ franchise could not be revoked.

20th The St. Louis Maroons announce that Jerry Denny, Dude Esterbrook, Paul Hines, and George Myers are to play for them in 1886. Denny and Myers do so, but Esterbrook stays with the Giants and Hines goes to the newly formed Washington Nationals.

24th The St. Louis Browns agree to sell the reserve rights to infielder Sam Barkley to Baltimore for $1,000.

28th The AA officially admits the Metropolitans, having been forced by the courts to do so.