1881 February

7thProvidence rounds out its roster by signing Charles Radbourn, who missed most of last season with a bad arm.

11th  Veteran Charles “Chick” Fulmer is signed to manage a Philadelphia Athletic team being organized by Charley Mason and Billy Sharsig.

22nd  George Wright signs a contract with Boston that he claims will only require him to play games in New England and Troy. He feels his business commitments will not allow him to accompany the Reds on their western road trips.

25thJim O’Rourke signs with Buffalo. He boasts that the contract is for $2,000, but the Buffalo Courier puts the figure at $1,300.