1898 February

8th Cap Anson declines the public offering to rise a large subscription saying, “The public owes me nothing. I am not old and am no pauper. I can earn my own living. Besides that, I am by no means out of baseball.”

13th  President John T. Brush of the Cincinnati club dismisses criticism of his proposed league resolution to punish players who use vulgar and obscene language on the field, saying newspaper criticism is the result of ignorance.

16th Geraldine Farrar, 16-year-old daughter of one-time Phillies first baseman Sid, is launched on a career as an operatic soprano after an impressive audition at the Boston Theatre.