It is asserted on good authority that Dunlap, the well-known second base man of the Cleveland Club, has deserted the League and will play in the new St. Louis team. His salary is said to be $3400 a year, $1000 of which he received in advance. Dunlap was one of the best players in the Cleveland Club and his loss will weaken the team to some extent.
-New York Times, November 28, 1883
Dunlap was not "one of the best players in the Cleveland Club." He was the best player on the club and arguably the best player in the League.