1899 December

4th  Buck Ewing, Cincinnati manager for 5 years, is released.

8th  Louisville president Barney Dreyfuss is transferring to the Pittsburgh club (of which he is part owner) most of his top stars, including player-manager Fred Clarke, Hans Wagner, Claude Ritchey, Tommy Leach, Rube Waddell, and Deacon Phillippe. Louisville is a likely candidate in the reduction of NL franchises from 12 to 8. According to the December 16th Sporting Life, Dreyfuss acquired Pittsburgh stock as part of the deal; he did not own the club before the deal. Louisville owner Harry Pulliam receives $25,000 as compensation.

12th The Pirates sell Jack McCarthy to the Chicago Orphans for $2000. McCarthy will have a solid year for Chicago before jumping to the AL and Cleveland.

15th  The NL rules Brooklyn’s purchase of Zeke Wrigley in September is illegal and nullifies the 16 games he played for Brooklyn. But Brooklyn still wins the pennant since those games did not alter the league standings.

22nd  AL magnates meet to map out a line of action based on results of the NL meeting. They plan to place a team in Chicago with Charles Comiskey the owner-manager.