Thursday, October 13, 2011

The 1884 Maroons: Visiting Sportsman's Park

The members of the Union Club, headed by President Lucas, attended the game between the Browns and the Bay City Club, at Sportsman's Park yesterday afternoon.
-St. Louis Globe-Democrat, April 26, 1884

How should we take this?  Was this a friendly visit?  Lucas and the players were baseball fans and enjoyed the game so it would make sense for them to go to Sportsman's Park and take in a Browns' game.  Or maybe this was a tactical move by Lucas.  Maybe this was a bit of showmanship on Lucas' part, attempting to show-up Von der Ahe at his own ballpark.  Maybe he was trying to goad him into arranging a game between the two clubs.  It's impossible to say but it is rather interesting.    

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