"The Lucas team in St. Louis," said Chris Von der Ahe to the Sunday Herald reporter yesterday, "will not be a factor in our amusements next summer. Our reserve team will be able to thrash them, but under no circumstances will we play with pirates."-[Chicago Herald.]
-St. Louis Globe-Democrat, February 20, 1884
The irony here, of course, is that the Von der Ahe's team would play numerous games against Pirates over the years. Well over two thousand of them, in fact.