1886 December

4th The St. Louis Maroons trade 1B Alex McKinnon to Pittsburgh for 1B Otto Shomberg and $400.

15th  The AA meets and ratifies the new rules. It also approves the new clause that allows a club to reserve a player for as long as it wants, not just for next year’s contract.

23rd The Cleveland club hires Pete Hotaling, manager of Savannah last year, as captain of the new AA team. The club has already secured a large park site on E. 39th street, well removed from downtown.