1899 November

2nd  Henry Chadwick, called the “Father of Baseball,” visits President McKinley in Washington to propose that Army regiments be provided with baseball equipment. This is Chadwick‘s first presidential interview since his visit with President Lincoln in 1861.

4th  Representatives of 7 cities meet in New York regarding the proposed new American Association. Attention focuses on what other city might become the 8th franchise.

11th  What I did for love. Chicago Orphans star Bill Lange returns to San Francisco and vows he will never appear on the diamond again. He is only 28 and hit .325 this year. He will marry the daughter of a San Francisco real-estate magnate who had forbidden his daughter from marrying a ballplayer.

18th  Ban Johnson, president of the new AL, contemplates exchanging players of equal ability with the NL and EL with a view to giving the public new attractions.

25th  Sporting Life reports that President Freedman of the Giants wants to reduce the NL to 8 clubs and purify the game by eliminating “certain parties who have been unduly prominent in the sport for cheap notoriety and the money there is in it.”