1888 January

2nd  Fred Dunlap finally signs with Pittsburgh following the sale of his contract by Detroit. He agrees to a $5,000 salary and a $2,000 bonus, making him the highest-paid player to date.

15th The Texas League is organized when the following six cities are awarded franchises: Austin, Dallas, Fort Worth, Galveston, Houston, and San Antonio.

In San Francisco, George Van Haltran, pitching for the Giants, tosses a no-hitter against the St. Louis Browns in an exhibition game. The only solidly hit ball is a Tip O’Neill line drive caught by 1B Buck Ewing.

17th  Kansas City is admitted to the American Association to replace the Mets. Even though the Mets were bought out by Brooklyn, their franchise is only considered suspended until suitable playing facilities in Manhattan can be found.

23rd  Harry Spence is hired to manage the Indianapolis (NL) team.

27th  Brooklyn keeps 5 of the recently purchased Mets players and sells the rest of the squad and 4 Brooklyn players to Kansas City for $7,000.

28th In Chicago’s Lincoln Park, 350 fans brave the weather to watch a baseball game on ice at Lincoln Park. Fred Pfeffer, the only player who lives off-season in Chicago, plays wearing a top hat. After 2 hours and 5 innings of play, the game is called. The Spaldings defeat the North-Siders, 7–6.