Clipping:Judgment in the Cleveland lawsuit against Lucas

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Date Wednesday, April 20, 1887
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The Cleveland Base Ball Association this afternoon [4/16] obtained judgment in the Supreme Court, at Buffalo, against Henry V. Lucas, late of Union Association and St. Louis Maroons fame, for $2,255. It will be remembered that in January, 1885, Lucas, who was then the head and front of the Union Association, came here and signed an agreement to pay the Cleveland League Club $2,500 if ti would resign from the National League to make room for him. He paid $500 at the time and the contract stipulated that the balance of $2,000 should be paid when he was elected to fill the vacancy. The contract also set for that “no players, buildings, etc., are to be sold.” Yet Lucas claimed, after being elected to fill the vacancy caused by Cleveland's withdrawal, that for the $2,500 he was to get the Cleveland Club players, which, in the meantime, had been transferred to the Brooklyn Club of the American Association. He repudiated the debt and the suit was brought in the Unite Stated Court at Buffalo and service secured upon him. Lucas tried to have the case tried in St. Louis, but the Cleveland men succeeded in bringing it to Buffalo and Lucas did not put in an appearance. The Cleveland management secured their judgment without any contest, being represented by Charles B. Wheeler, of this city [Cleveland]. The Clevelanders will now go after any property that Lucas may have in St. Louis or elsewhere.

Source Sporting Life
Submitted by Richard Hershberger
Origin Initial Hershberger Clippings

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