Base ball matters are booming now. No less than twelve associations are looking for players, four of them for first-class ones. And there is room for all. The Union League has finally thrown off the Lucas influence, will go its own way, sign the National agreement, and live honestly. I am glad of it. There has been altogether too much bitterness used as it is. But the Union Association is responsible for it. The man or corporation who will not defend its rights is a poor one. There is no reason for believing that the Union will take less lofty ground. It will be necessary if they want to exist.[Larry] Corcoran has left them. He signed with his old club, the Chicagos, on Saturday...Dunlap will follow, if he is wise. He will find that Cleveland can better afford to lose him than leave its stand. Dunlap is another of your would-be capitalists. He likes money and saves it. One thousand dollars meant a good deal to him, but it is questionable if two months' pay at $3,500 is worth six months at $2,100 or so. That's what it means. The Unions will never finish the season, and must break up after at most a month or two of play. Then Dunlap will be in the position of a man with a talent for which there is no field, for he will be expelled by the old associations...But Dunlap is of good habits, a fine player, and though with no book learning, knows what is good for Fred Dunlap. He'll return.
-Cleveland Herald, January 7, 1884