1888 December

5th  Columbus is admitted to the AA to replace Cleveland.

6th  The AA votes against adopting the NL’s salary classification system, to the surprise of the press and the delight of the Brotherhood.

10th The Tourists play in Auckland, NZ, during a brief stopover.

15th  The Tourists play their first game in Australia, drawing a crowd of 5,500 in Sydney.

17th  Former Detroit players Deacon White and Jack Rowe purchase a controlling interest in the minor league Buffalo club. Though their reserve rights have been sold to Pittsburgh, both men announce plans to play in Buffalo next year.

28th The Cuban Giants, the top colored team in the nation, announces its plans for 1889: Monday and Saturday games at Elysian Field in Hoboken, Wednesdays and Fridays in Trenton; and Sundays at Long Island Grounds in Maspeth, Queens