The Lucas Club have now fifteen men under contract, which is as many as they want. The reserve nine is to be made up of the extra men with an installment of St. Louis amateurs who can play good ball. It is sheer nonsense to be stepping over good men at home and sending off for unknown experiments.
-St. Louis Globe-Democrat, January 27, 1884
Right. That worked really well for the Reds in 1875.