1881 March

8th  The NL meets and adopts an 84-game schedule. An enterprising newsman gets the various magnates to predict the winner in the coming pennant race; Chicago is the consensus choice with 5 votes.

The owners vote to stop giving refunds or rain checks for postponed games.

9thThe NL announces a staff of 23 approved umpires, but one, John Young of Syracuse, refuses to serve.