1896 January

3rd  Pittsburgh acquires SS Fred Ely from St. Louis for P Bill hart, SS Monte Cross and $1500.

4th  A portion of the fence surrounding the Polo Grounds blows down in a fierce storm.

14th  A Chicago jury acquits OF Walter Wilmot of charges of violating the Sabbath law by playing Sunday baseball on June 23 of last year. Charges against other players are subsequently dropped, and the way is cleared for future Sunday ball in Chicago.

18th  John Ward, who has not played or managed for the last 2 seasons, objects to being reserved by New York. At the NL meeting in February his appeal is upheld, and Ward is a free agent.