January 1901

4th  The Baltimore AL club incorporates, with John McGraw as manager and part owner.

11th  In Chicago, former pitcher Frank Brill (Detroit, 2-10 in 1884) wins the first ever American Bowling Congress title with a total of 648. Brill will remain a top bowler for decades and will be inducted in the Bowling Hall of Fame in 1996.

18th  The New York Giants trade Jack Doyle to the Chicago Orphans for Virgil Garvin, Sammy Strang (called William in the newspapers) and John Ganzel. Speculation in the papers is that Doyle will be named captain,

22nd  Connie Mack, Philadelphia A’s manager-GM, signs a 10-year lease on grounds at 29th and Columbia to be called Columbia Park. A contract is set for construction of single-deck stands to hold 7,500.

28th  The AL formally organizes: the Baltimore Orioles, Philadelphia Athletics, and Boston Somersets are admitted to join the Washington Nationals, Cleveland Blues, Detroit Tigers, Milwaukee Brewers, and Chicago White Stockings. Three of the original clubs—Indianapolis, Minneapolis, and Buffalo—are dropped. League power aggregates in Ban Johnson as trustee for all ballpark leases and majority stockholdings, and with authority to buy out refractory franchises, and the schedule will be 140 games. AL contracts give the Players Protective Association what it asked for, with 5-year limits on the rights to player services.

29th  Newly named Rules Committee of Connie Mack, John McGraw, and Charles Comiskey, after rejecting a proposal to ban the bunt, recommends no changes at this time.