2nd A new Indianapolis group, headed by John T. Brush, is granted an NL franchise.
8th In NYC, workers are dismantling fences at the Polo Grounds to cut a street through the property, leaving the Giants without a home for the coming season.
9th All-America beats Chicago 10–6 in the shadow of the Pyramids outside Cairo, and Cap Anson feels compelled to apologize to the Sphinx for his team’s poor play.
15th Indianapolis, which has been without a manager since October, finally comes to terms with vet Frank Bancroft to manage in 1889.
16th Warrants are issued in Sacramento for the arrests of Joe Quest, Billy Alvord, and Harry Dooms for allegedly jumping their California League contracts. Alvord turns himself in and is released, but the Sacramento club is still seeking the other 2 players.
19th The tour stages its first game in Europe, playing in Naples, Italy.
22nd At the Villa Borghesi outside of Rome, the Chicagos edge the All-Americas 3–2 before a crowd that includes King Humbert of Italy.
25th The Tourists play their final game in Italy, with the All Americas winning, 7–4 in Florence.