Tuesday, January 8, 2013

The 1884 Maroons: Clubs Disbanding Left And Right

St. Louis Globe-Democrat, September 16, 1884

Since we're not getting much in the way of game accounts from the Maroons' games in Washington, here's something to file under "What Kind of League Was This?"

The game which was to have been played here today between the Kansas City and Wilmington Union Clubs did not take place, as the Wilmington Club disbanded.  Both clubs had entered the field, but when Manager Simmons saw but a handful of spectators he thought it best to disband without further delay.  The Wilmington Club has been a losing investment from the start.  All the players have been paid in full.  The collapse was unexpected, as President Lucas, of the St. Louis Unions, had promised to sustain the club while on its expensive western trip.  He agreed to pay all salaries, board bills and traveling expenses, while the Club was to receive its regular guarantee besides.
-St. Louis Globe-Democrat, September 16, 1884

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