1st Happy New Year, Baltimore. The Brooklyn Bridegrooms trade two Hall of Famers, Willie Keeler and Dan Brouthers, to the Baltimore Orioles in exchange for Billy Shindle and George Treadway.
9th Boston’s veteran catcher Charlie Bennett loses both legs in a horrific train accident. In 1900, Detroit, Bennett’s first team, will name its ballpark Bennett Park in his honor.
24th In Jacksonville, Florida, Gentleman Jim Corbett successfully defends his crown in a heavyweight boxing championship match scoring a disputed third-round knockout of Englishman Charlie Mitchell. Reffing the fight is “Honest John” Kelly, a former major league player, manager, and umpire. Kelly will referee two more championship fights, in 1896, and 1899.