Clipping:First word of the St. Louis UA club

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Date Thursday, October 25, 1883

St.Louis is to have another base-ball park and professional team next season. Messrs. Henry V. Lucas and Ellis Wainwright are to be the proprietors of the new park. They will fence in the open space on Jefferson avenue and Dayton street and will expend $8,000 on grand stands, fencing, etc. The grounds will be 400 x 600 feet in dimensions. They have not yet decided whether they will enter their new club in the League or American association. It is doubtful if they will be admitted to the latter, as there is already an association club here and the association cannot have two clubs from the same city. Then there is an objection to entering the League, as they prohibit playing on Sunday and fix the price of admission at 50 cents a head, whereas the American association only charge 25 cents. Messrs. Lucas and Wainwright are going right ahead, however, and looking about for good players. They intend getting together a strong nine. (St. Louis) Missouri Republican October 25, 1883

The new Union League club which has been started in St. Louis is the fruitful theme of discourse on every side, and all kinds of surmises are made as to the policy, its players and what it will do in the future. Mr. Lucas, the president, has forwarded application to Warren White, the secretary of the new body, making formal application for membership, which is equivalent to admission. It was stated on good authority yesterday that Messrs. Groves, Purcell, Manning and McClellan of the Philadelphia club had signed contracts with the new club. As they are all “reserve men,” this is a virtual violation, or rather disregard of the rule, and it is stated that more ruptures will follow. Rumors were extensively circulated that Mullane and Deasley had consented to join the new club, but this was not authoritative, and it is not likely that they will take so quick action. It was also stated that Daly, the Cleveland's one-armed pitcher, would be a member of the organization, he also being a reserve man of the Cleveland club. Much of this must be taken with salt, as rumors are wide-spread, and many of uncertain origin. The statement regarding the four Philadelphia players is, however, regarded as authoritative. It is said they are also after Sutton and Brouthers. (St. Louis) Missouri Republican October 26,1883

A chat was had with Mr. Henry Lucas yesterday in which he laid forth some of the plans of operations for the first campaign... In regard to his nine he said there were many exaggerated statements afloat and, that but very little which had been sent abroad was authoritative. Mr. Lucas was especially put out about the manner in which his name had been used regarding contracted players. “I am a business man, he said, “and would do no such foolish thing as to meddle with a player under contract elsewhere or with other parties. In regard to the reserve rule, that is an entirely different matter and it will not stand in my way.” (St. Louis) Missouri Republican October 28, 1883

Source Missouri Republican
Submitted by Richard Hershberger
Origin Initial Hershberger Clippings


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