1891 March

1st  Pittsburgh and Cleveland are the 2 NL clubs making the heaviest raids against AA player contracts. Pittsburgh further earns its new nickname of “Pirates” by signing Pete Browning and Scott Stratton away from Louisville.

5th  At the NL meetings at the Fifth Avenue Hotel in New York, the owners enthusiastically adopt the 1891 schedule drawn up by Brooklyn owner Charles Byrne and his secretary Charles Ebbets. They adopt it with no changes and ask Ebbets to send memoranda to the NL office to help with future scheduling. Under the new schedule, Chicago will be doing the most traveling with 11,220 miles. Despite the efforts of Cleveland, Pittsburgh and Cincinnati to raise the visitor’s share of gate receipts to 50%, the vote is to keep it at 40%, but to reduce the home share from 60% to 50%. The remaining 10% will go to the league office to cover expenses, eliminating the need for assessments.

Mark Baldwin is arrested in St. Louis on conspiracy charges sworn out by AA club owner Chris Von der Ahe, who claims that Baldwin is trying to bribe players into reneging their legal contracts.

10th  The NL strikes a telling blow by buying out Al Johnson, who has been granted the AA franchise in Cincinnati. The AA vows to keep its club there.

25th  Albert G. Spalding retires from active participation in the affairs of the Chicago club and the NL. James A. Hart will assume the club presidency.