Wednesday, September 21, 2011

The 1884 Maroons: Busch Buys Out Wainwright

Mr. Adolphus Busch, of the Anheuser-Busch Brewing Company, has bought the interest originally held by Mr. Ellis Wainwright in the St. Louis Athletic Association.  Mr. Wainwright is therefore no longer in any way connected with the Union Club.
-St. Louis Globe-Democrat, April 11, 1884

Wainwright was one of the original investors in Lucas' plan and the entire enterprise, in its earliest days, was often referred to as the Lucas/Wainwright combination.  Much was made in the press of Wainwright and Busch's beer money backing the league and it's a bit of a surprise to see that Wainwright, as an investor in the club, didn't even make it to opening day.  

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