The officers of the new Union club [in St. Louis] are endeavoring to get Gleason, Deasley, and Mullane, of the St. Louis Club, to ignore the reserve rule and go over to them. The stock of the new club has nearly all been subscribed for. The grounds are centrally situated. The grand stand will extend in a partial curve around the longest corner of the grounds, which is in the north-west. The arrangement is very similar to that of the athletic grounds in Philadelphia, and that grand entrance is at the same corner, in the centre of the curved row of seats. The corners of the diamond will be so placed that the catcher's position will be toward the north-west, the pitcher's toward the south-east, the other points to correspond.
-New York Times, November 4, 1883
It was also mentioned in this article that Sullivan was the manager of the new St. Louis club. So either the Times was jumping to conclusions or Sullivan had worked out this situation with the Richmond ball club.