Mr. Henry V. Lucas, of the St. Louis Union Club, is a great lover of the National game and is probably the only base ball president in the country who ever plays himself. All last season he kept up a club known as the Lucas amateurs, at his own expense, and played third base on the nine himself, and played it well, too. At his beautiful suburban home in Normandy he had a fine ball ground laid out on his estate and had comfortable seats erected for the accommodation of a couple of thousand of people. On days when games were played he invited out a number of friends from the city and at the conclusion of the game they were treated to an elegant spread prepared under the supervision of his charming wife.
-The Cleveland Herald, April 22, 1884
The rich are different from you and me. They have more money, form their own baseball clubs and leagues, and build ballparks on their estates.