1880 March

19th  Boston signs P Jim Whitney, considered one of the best hurlers in California, at a salary of $150 per month The California Base Ball League opens the season. This league and the Pacific Base Ball League, both based in the San Francisco area, can offer enough to lure some big-name Eastern pro players.

29th  Bobby Mathews signs with the Athletics of San Francisco. The West Coast clubs will also sign Cal McVey and Jim Galvin, among others.

31st  Worcester offers Providence $1,000 for the right to negotiate with George Wright. Wright is among the 5 players reserved by the Grays under the new agreement, and that club has offered him a reduced salary, even though he led Providence to the pennant last season. Under the new reserve rule, Providence would keep Wright out of action all season.