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1887 Major League Baseball Transactions

All Transactions

Transactions listed are from November 1 of previous year to April 1 of the following year.
November 12, 1886
November 24, 1886

The Pittsburgh Alleghenys purchased Abner Dalrymple from the Chicago White Stockings.

The New York Giants purchased George Gore from the Chicago White Stockings for $3500 or higher.

December, 1886
December 1, 1886

The Pittsburgh Alleghenys traded Otto Schomberg and $400 to the St. Louis Maroons for Alex McKinnon. (Date given is approximate. Exact date is uncertain.)

December 15, 1886
December 26, 1886

The Cleveland Blues purchased Charlie Reipschlager from the New York Metropolitans. (Date given is approximate. Exact date is uncertain.)

1887

Cub Stricker sent from Atlanta (Southern) to the Cleveland Blues in an unknown transaction.

January, 1887

The Cleveland Blues purchased Mike Morrison from the New York Metropolitans for $500.

February 14, 1887

The Boston Beaneaters purchased King Kelly from the Chicago White Stockings for $10,000.

March 5, 1887

The Philadelphia Athletics purchased Chief Roseman from the New York Metropolitans for $750. (Date given is approximate. Exact date is uncertain.)

March 8, 1887

The Indianapolis Hoosiers purchased Henry Boyle from the St. Louis Maroons.

The St. Louis Maroons returned Billy O'Brien to league control.

March 9, 1887

The Washington Nationals obtained Billy O'Brien who was previously under league control.

The New York Metropolitans obtained Paul Radford who was previously under league control for $500 or $1000.

The Kansas City Cowboys returned Charley Bassett to league control.

The Indianapolis Hoosiers obtained Charley Bassett who was previously under league control for $1,000.

The Washington Nationals obtained Al Myers who was previously under league control for $2,500.

March 15, 1887

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

April, 1887

The Philadelphia Quakers purchased Charlie Buffinton from the Boston Beaneaters.

The Philadelphia Quakers purchased Tom Gunning from the Boston Beaneaters. (Date given is approximate. Exact date is uncertain.)

April 5, 1887 Standings

The St. Louis Browns obtained Silver King who was previously under league control. (Date given is approximate. Exact date is uncertain.)

The Detroit Wolverines obtained Stump Wiedman who was previously under league control. (Date given is approximate. Exact date is uncertain.)

April 15, 1887 Standings

The Philadelphia Athletics purchased Tom Poorman from the Boston Beaneaters for $750. (Date given is approximate. Exact date is uncertain.)

April 21, 1887 Standings
May, 1887 Standings
May 2, 1887 Standings

The Philadelphia Athletics purchased Gus Weyhing from the Philadelphia Quakers. (Date given is approximate. Exact date is uncertain.)

May 10, 1887 Standings

The New York Metropolitans signed Joe Gerhardt as a free agent.

May 20, 1887 Standings
June 15, 1887 Standings
June 20, 1887 Standings

The Washington Nationals purchased Ed Daily from the Philadelphia Quakers. (Date given is approximate. Exact date is uncertain.)

July 2, 1887 Standings

The Cleveland Blues purchased John Kirby from the Indianapolis Hoosiers for $800 to $1000.

July 11, 1887 Standings
July 13, 1887 Standings
July 15, 1887 Standings

The New York Giants released John Roach.

August, 1887 Standings

Hugh Duffy sent from Lowell (New England) to the Chicago White Stockings in an unknown transaction.

August 5, 1887 Standings

The New York Metropolitans purchased Stump Wiedman from the Detroit Wolverines for $800 to $1000. (Date given is approximate. Exact date is uncertain.)

August 15, 1887 Standings

The Indianapolis Hoosiers purchased Lev Shreve from the Baltimore Orioles. (Date given is approximate. Exact date is uncertain.)

The Pittsburgh Alleghenys released Tom Brown.

August 19, 1887 Standings

The Indianapolis Hoosiers signed Tom Brown as a free agent. (Date given is approximate. Exact date is uncertain.)

September 25, 1887 Standings

The Brooklyn Grays purchased Mickey Hughes from Newark (International Association).

October, 1887 Standings

The New York Metropolitans released Charley Jones. (Date given is approximate. Exact date is uncertain.)

October 7, 1887 Standings
October 20, 1887

The Brooklyn Grays purchased Jim Donahue from the New York Metropolitans for $25000 (perhaps less).

The Baltimore Orioles purchased Billy Shindle from the Detroit Wolverines for $1500 or $2000. (Date given is approximate. Exact date is uncertain.)

The Indianapolis Hoosiers traded Gid Gardner and cash to the Washington Nationals for Paul Hines.

November 5, 1887

The Pittsburgh Alleghenys purchased Fred Dunlap from the Detroit Wolverines for $4000 or $5000. (Date given is approximate. Exact date is uncertain.)

November 21, 1887
November 26, 1887

The Brooklyn Grays purchased Bob Caruthers from the St. Louis Browns for $8,250.

November 29, 1887

The Brooklyn Grays purchased Dave Foutz from the St. Louis Browns for $5,500.

1888

The Kansas City Cowboys signed Charley Jones as a free agent.

Tommy McCarthy sent from Oshkosh (Northwestern) to the St. Louis Browns in an unknown transaction.

The Philadelphia Quakers released Tom Gunning.

The Philadelphia Athletics signed Tom Gunning as a free agent.

January 3, 1888

The Pittsburgh Alleghenys purchased Al Maul from the Philadelphia Quakers for $1,000.

January 15, 1888

The Pittsburgh Alleghenys purchased Billy Sunday from the Chicago White Stockings for $2,000. (Date given is approximate. Exact date is uncertain.)

January 22, 1888

The Kansas City Cowboys purchased Jim Donahue from the Brooklyn Bridegrooms for $7,000.

February, 1888

The Baltimore Orioles purchased Bert Cunningham from the Brooklyn Bridegrooms. (Date given is approximate. Exact date is uncertain.)

February 6, 1888

Tom Brown sent from the Indianapolis Hoosiers to the Boston Beaneaters in an unknown transaction.

February 13, 1888

The Kansas City Cowboys purchased Jumbo Davis from the Baltimore Orioles for $700.

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