The Browns are advertising heavier than ever before.
-St. Louis Globe-Democrat, April 5, 1884
I looked around and didn't see a lot of evidence that the Browns were advertising more than usual going into the 1884 season. However, would it be surprising if they were? The Maroons represented a threat to Von der Ahe's monopoly on major league, professional baseball in St. Louis and I'm sure Von der Ahe didn't take that threat lightly, given the tenuous hold he had on that monopoly.