1889 January

1st  The Around-the-World touring squads play a New Year’s game in Melbourne, Australia. The Chicagos beat the All-Americas, 9–8.

4th The Tourists play their final game in Australia, with the Chicagos winning, 5–0.

15th The new Columbus club (AA) signs Spud Johnson, who had played with the defunct Kansas City (WA) team last season. That club was sold to Kansas City (AA), which vows to fight Columbus for Johnson’s playing rights.

16th Dallas catcher Charlie Bradley is shot dead by Tom Angus because Bradley had won the favor of Angus’s old girlfriend.

22nd  Facing over $30,000 in debts, the Indianapolis team goes bankrupt and surrenders its franchise to the NL.

25th Spalding’s world tour lands in Ceylon, where they learn that it will be impossible to play any games in India, as had been hoped. Tomorrow, they play a 5-inning, 3-3 tie, before departing for Egypt. They will arrive on February 7.

29th Veteran Joe Hornung is released by Boston after 8 years with that club. According to The Sporting News, “Ubbo’s unruly tongue was the principal cause of his release.”