1898 December

1st  Club president Andrew Freedman renews the Giants’ lease on the Polo Grounds for the next 10 years. In 2 days, Freedman, fires manager Bill Joyce.

6th Baltimore manager Hanlon, not unexpectedly, speaks out against the Brush resolution to curb rowdyism, cited by some as resulting in less interest and smaller crowds. “This past season I saw none that ought to scare anyone.”

7th  Roy Thomas, University of Pennsylvania outfielder, is signed by the Phillies for 1899. Sporting Life calls him the “greatest amateur player of this generation.”

10th Pittsburgh cons Louisville into giving up promising OF Ginger Beaumont from Connie Mack’s Milwaukee (WL) club for a worn-out pitcher and a last-legs 3B.

12th John Ward, former player, manager, and organizer, and now lawyer, says that 12 teams are too many in one league, and that two leagues would be better for baseball and provide a healthful rivalry.

17th At their week-long meeting, the NL votes to continue the 154 game schedule for 1899. There is talk of two leagues, but nothing comes of it. John Day is selected as the new Giants manager. No action is taken on the Brush resolution.

25th Merry Christmas, Ohio. Washington sells popular OF Kip Selbach, a .300+ OF for 5 years, to Cincinnati for a sum described as “exorbitant”: $5,000. Selbach is a native of Columbus, Ohio.