A gentleman identified with the St. Louis Unions says that when that club reappears on the home grounds, July 29, it will present a pitcher who is second to none in the country.-St. Louis Globe-Democrat, July 12, 1884
You would think that they were talking about Sweeney but his problems with Providence didn't come to a head until July 22. At the beginning of the month, Sweeney was nursing a sore arm and, although it looks like Lucas was after one of Providence's pitchers, it doesn't appear that he was originally after Sweeney. And he wasn't after Ed Conley.
I'll have much more to say about all of this in the near future because Henry Lucas was a bit tired of the way the baseball establishment was treating his new league and, at the same time, there was an unhappy pitcher in Providence who was ready to listen to what Lucas had to say.
And if you haven't figured it out yet, I'm talking about Charles Radbourn. So I guess I'm going to have to get Ed Achorn's book off the shelf and share some of that with you here soon.