The Philadelphia Record remarks that with the players already signed and T.P. Sullivan as manager, the Lucas-Wainwright St. Louis Club should have a walk-over in the Union Association.
-St. Louis Globe-Democrat, January 9, 1884
I find it interesting that already, in early January, the Maroons are seen as the class of the UA and everyone was predicting that they'd win the league. I'm not saying that that view wasn't correct or obvious but I just think it was a little early to have that kind of concensus.