Clipping:Cleveland resigns from the NL; Mutrie schemes to block Brooklyn

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Date Saturday, January 10, 1885

The National Base-Ball League is to-day in session at the Fifth Avenue Hotel. The session is secret and will not be concluded before night. The resignation of the Cleveland Base-ball Club, which has been in the hands of President Young for several days, was accepted. The action on the case of the Detroit Club cannot be ascertained, but it is known that the club will not remain in the League. This will leave two vacancies. Well authenticated statements go to show that Mr. Lucas of St. Louis will be taken into the fold.

This morning a secret conclave was held in the rooms of Mr. Lucas at the Hoffman House. Mr. James Mutrie, manager of the New York League team, was closeted for several hours with Mr. Lucas. It is said his mission was to pledge the support of the New York delegates to aid Mr. Lucas in his efforts to gain admittance to the League, provided that he verify his claims of having made contracts with the seven members of the defunct Cleveland Club who are claimed by the Brooklyn American Association Club. Mr. Lucas promised to comply with the condition. This, of course, leaves the Brooklyn Club without any players and forces the Brooklyn managers to accept the terms of the Metropolitan Exhibition Company for a transfer of the Metropolitan players to Brooklyn. A note just received at 3 o’clock from Mr. Lucas says: “Nothing of a definite nature has been done as yet. A great deal depends on the action of Mr. Von der Ahe. Matters are very encouraging, and I have no doubt as to the admission of my club to-day, providing Von der Ahe gives his consent. St.

Source St. Louis Post-Dispatch
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Submitted by Richard Hershberger
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