The St. Louis Athletics will go out to Normandy this afternoon to play the Lucas nine, and will make a grand effort to get even with the country lads, who a short time ago defeated them...Mr. Henry Lucas has left for the East and Geo. E. Cassilly will captain the Normandy team in his absence.
-St. Louis Globe-Democrat, September 9, 1883
The Pony Reds, who have defeated the Grand Avenues, Florissants and the best amateur clubs in the country, will take the Narrow Gauge Road for Lucas Station this afternoon and indulge in some leather hunting with Henry Lucas' pets at Normandy. The game will be an interesting exhibition of the national pastime as well as one of the hottest contests of the season in the amateur arena...
-St. Louis Globe-Democrat, October 7, 1883
This afternoon Henry Lucas' champion amateur sluggers played the Blues of (Lebanon, Illinois), and were beaten by a score of 12 to 6. The game was the finest ever played in (Lebanon).
-St. Louis Globe-Democrat, October 16, 1883
I think the point of all of this is to show that Lucas had an interest in baseball prior to the formation of the Maroons and the Union Association. It appears that he not only had put together an amateur club but was also a player on that club.