Mobile Site You Are Here > Home > Leagues > MLB History > 1885 MLB | AA | NL > Transactions

1885 Major League Baseball Transactions

1884 MLB  / 1886 MLB  Transactions

All Transactions

Transactions listed are from November 1 of previous year to April 1 of the following year.
November 3, 1884
November 15, 1884
December, 1884

The Baltimore Orioles signed Mike Muldoon as a free agent. (Date given is approximate. Exact date is uncertain.)

December 16, 1884

The St. Louis Browns released Pat Deasley.

The New York Gothams signed Pat Deasley as a free agent.

1885

The Boston Beaneaters signed Tommy McCarthy as a free agent.

The St. Louis Browns released Charlie Morton.

The Brooklyn Grays purchased Ed Swartwood from the Pittsburgh Alleghenys.

January 3, 1885

Doc Bushong assigned by the Brooklyn Grays to the St. Louis Browns. (Date given is approximate. Exact date is uncertain.)

The Brooklyn Grays purchased Doc Bushong from the Cleveland Blues for at least $4000 (for the pick of the team). at least $4000 (for the pick of the team)

January 15, 1885

The Brooklyn Grays purchased Bill McClellan from the Philadelphia Quakers. (Date given is approximate. Exact date is uncertain.)

March 27, 1885

The New York Metropolitans purchased Ed Bagley from the New York Giants. (Date given is approximate. Exact date is uncertain.)

April 2, 1885 Standings

The New York Giants purchased Dude Esterbrook from the New York Metropolitans. (Date given is approximate. Exact date is uncertain.)

June 15, 1885 Standings

The Detroit Wolverines purchased Chub Collins from Indianapolis (Western) for $4000 (only $2000 paid due to dispute).

The Detroit Wolverines purchased Mox McQuery from Indianapolis (Western).

June 17, 1885 Standings
June 25, 1885 Standings

The Pittsburgh Alleghenys purchased Milt Scott from the Detroit Wolverines. (Date given is approximate. Exact date is uncertain.)

July, 1885 Standings
July 1, 1885 Standings

Jim Keenan jumped from the Detroit Wolverines to the Cincinnati Red Stockings. (Date given is approximate. Exact date is uncertain.)

Larry McKeon jumped from the Detroit Wolverines to the Cincinnati Red Stockings. (Date given is approximate. Exact date is uncertain.)

July 9, 1885 Standings

The Chicago White Stockings purchased Jim McCormick from the Providence Grays for $600 to $2600.

July 13, 1885 Standings

The Pittsburgh Alleghenys purchased Pud Galvin from the Buffalo Bisons for $600 or $5000.

August, 1885 Standings

Tommy McCarthy sent from the Boston Beaneaters to Haverhill (New England) in an unknown transaction.

August 29, 1885 Standings

The Louisville Colonels traded John Connor and $750 to Chattanooga (Southern) for Toad Ramsey.

September, 1885 Standings

The Providence Grays released Arthur Irwin. (Date given is approximate. Exact date is uncertain.)

The Detroit Wolverines purchased Jim Manning from the Boston Beaneaters for $500.

September 9, 1885 Standings
September 16, 1885 Standings

The Detroit Wolverines purchased Dan Brouthers from the Buffalo Bisons for $7000 (sum was for entire team).

November, 1885

The Buffalo Bisons released Davy Force. (Date given is approximate. Exact date is uncertain.)

November 19, 1885

The Detroit Wolverines returned Dan Casey to league control.

The Buffalo Bisons returned Pete Conway to league control.

November 30, 1885

The Providence Grays returned Charley Bassett to league control.

The Boston Beaneaters obtained Con Daily who was previously under league control.

December, 1885

The Pittsburgh Alleghenys purchased Sam Barkley from the St. Louis Browns for $1,000.

1886

The Kansas City Cowboys purchased Jim Donnelly from the Detroit Wolverines.

The Kansas City Cowboys purchased Al Myers from the Philadelphia Quakers.

The Baltimore Orioles purchased Blondie Purcell from the Boston Beaneaters.

Wilbert Robinson sent from Haverhill (New England) to the Philadelphia Athletics in an unknown transaction.

Cub Stricker sent from the Philadelphia Athletics to Atlanta (Southern) in an unknown transaction.

January, 1886

The Philadelphia Quakers obtained Dan Casey who was previously under league control. (Date given is approximate. Exact date is uncertain.)

The Washington Nationals obtained Ed Crane who was previously under league control. (Date given is approximate. Exact date is uncertain.)

The St. Louis Maroons obtained Jerry Denny who was previously under league control. (Date given is approximate. Exact date is uncertain.)

The Washington Nationals signed Davy Force as a free agent. (Date given is approximate. Exact date is uncertain.)

The New York Metropolitans purchased Al Mays from the Louisville Colonels.

February 5, 1886

The St. Louis Maroons returned Fatty Briody to league control. (Date given is approximate. Exact date is uncertain.)

The St. Louis Maroons obtained George Myers who was previously under league control. (Date given is approximate. Exact date is uncertain.)

February 25, 1886

The Baltimore Orioles purchased Sadie Houck from the Philadelphia Athletics. (Date given is approximate. Exact date is uncertain.)

March 1, 1886

The Kansas City Cowboys purchased Mert Hackett from the Boston Beaneaters for $1,000. (Date given is approximate. Exact date is uncertain.)

March 3, 1886

The Kansas City Cowboys obtained Charley Bassett who was previously under league control.

The Washington Nationals obtained Cliff Carroll who was previously under league control.

March 15, 1886

The Kansas City Cowboys obtained Fatty Briody who was previously under league control. (Date given is approximate. Exact date is uncertain.)

April, 1886

Milt Scott assigned by the Pittsburgh Alleghenys to the Baltimore Orioles. (Date given is approximate. Exact date is uncertain.)

The transaction information used here was obtained free of charge from and is copyrighted by RetroSheet. We attempt to update transactions throughout the season.


1884 MLB  / 1886 MLB  Transactions