1st The financially strapped Cincinnati club releases its players, and will not pay them the final month’s salary.
2nd Chicago’s announcement of the signing of Troy’s Fred Goldsmith leads to protests from Troy that the new reserve system has already been violated.
3rdAdrian Anson rejoins the White Stockings in Chicago as the club prepares to leave for California for a tour with a “Cincinnati” squad.
5thThe NL issues a circular stating that 1879 “was one of the most successful seasons financially in history.” But most observers believe that all but one or two NL clubs lost money.
7thWorcester beats Providence, 4–3, giving pitcher Richmond a 7–2 record versus NL teams for the season. Harry Stovey, having been signed with Worcester for 1880, makes his debut.
8thThe first pro game of the season takes place at the Union Grounds of Brooklyn with Providence beating Boston, 8–6.
10thProvidence beats Albany, 5–1, to snap Albany’s 18-game winning streak against all levels of competition.
13thAlbany beats the Nationals of Washington to clinch the NA pennant. The victors’ lineup includes three players, Tommy Burns, Fred Dunlap, and Ned Hanlon, who will be NL standouts in the 1880s.
16th With the Cincinnati Reds folding, Mike Kelly signs with Chicago for 1880 while on tour with the Whites in California.
17thTroy beats Albany, 16-4, in the final NL versus AL game of the year. The NL has the edge in these games, 26-19, with 4 ties.
24thCincinnati formally resigns from the NL.
25thThe Nationals strike a blow for the prestige of the NA by signing Charley Snyder away from Boston.
28thFormer IF/OF Jimmy Hallihan dies of “inflammation of the bowels” at age 30.