1899 January

6th  Ban Johnson’s Western League begins penetration of the East by formal admission of Buffalo (Eastern) for the 1899 season.

10th  Tim Hurst, former NL umpire and St. Louis manager, referees the Tom Sharkey knockout of Kid McCoy in 10 rounds at the Lenox Athletic Club in New York.

21st Dr. Arlie Pond, a former Baltimore pitcher, leaves with his Army medical unit for the Philippines. After his military service, he will go on to a long career of medical and health service in the Philippines.

25th Chicago veteran Bill Dahlen is traded to Baltimore (NL) for Gene DeMontreville. Like many Baltimore players, Dahlen will end up in Brooklyn when the season starts.