1898 January

1st Charles Ebbets announces to reporters that he now controls 85 percent of the stock of the Brooklyn team. He will assume the presidency after the death of Byrne, but his announced purchases will fall through when he fails to exercise his options to buy the [Ferdinand A.] Abell block of shares and does not pick up George W. Chauncey’s shares.

4th Charles Byrne, president of the Brooklyn club since 1890, and a power in the NL, dies of Bright’s disease in Brooklyn. The 55-year-old executive also had managed the Brooklyn AA team in 1885-87.

8th  NL president Nick Young says he will have the more experienced umpires such as Tom Lynch, Bob Emslie, and Hank O’Day stay behind the plate when he institutes the new 2-umpire system. Previously, the single umpire would move behind the pitcher only with men on base.

The NL reverts to a 154-game schedule after five years at 132.

31st  Cap Anson, 45, is fired after 19 years as player-manager of Chicago. Strong-minded Cap, with a record of 1,288 victories and 5 pennants, was enormously popular in Chicago, though not with club owner James Hart. Former infielder Tom Burns takes over for Chicago, who are now called the Orphans, with Anson gone.