Frank Bell was signed as catcher by the St. Louis Unions yesterday. He is a St. Louis boy.-St. Louis Globe-Democrat, August 20, 1884
Tom Ryder was given his release by the St. Louis Unions yesterday and returns to his home in Dubuque.
I'm not sure exactly what Lucas was doing here. Bell never played in a league game for the Maroons and Ryder seemed to be a decent player. I know that Jack Gleason was banged up and would miss the upcoming series against Kansas City and that the club wasn't getting many days off due to the number of exhibition games that Lucas was scheduling. The Maroons never did find the quality catcher that Lucas wanted and Bell certainly wasn't the answer but I guess I can see his use, if the club was going to start him in exhibition games while resting Baker and Brennan. We'll see.