Ted Sullivan was released from the management of the St. Louis Unions last night. Ill-feeling between Sullivan and some of the players had existed for some time.
-St. Louis Globe-Democrat, June 14, 1884
Anybody want to speculate about which players had "ill-feelings" towards Sullivan?
*Cough* Dunlap *Cough*
Not that Sullivan was a saint or anything but how does the manager get fired when the club is 28-3? I have to image that it would have something to do with the highest paid player in all of baseball going to the owner and saying something along the lines of "It's him or me." But thinking about it a little bit, I can also imagine Sullivan going to Lucas and saying something similar about Dunlap. Those two guys were serious pieces of work and it's impossible to say who was the bigger a**hole. At the moment, I'm leaning slightly towards the idea that Sullivan got himself fired but, really, it's a pick 'em.
Honestly, I feel kind of bad for Henry Lucas. He was just a guy who loved the game and had the resources to start his own team and league. That's a noble thing. But he made some bad decisions and got saddled with these two j*rk-*ffs.
Dunlap, Dave Rowe and Shafer have driven Ted Sullivan out of the St. Louis Unions, and as he is on the black list his lot is not a happy one.
-Cleveland Herald, June 18, 1884
You kind of have to take anything the Herald says about the UA or Dunlap with a grain of salt. But this is the best piece of evidence we have about what went down between Sullivan and his players.
Regardless, Sullivan would land on his feet and be back in baseball, with the Kansas City Unions, in July. And thinking about that fact, that Sullivan would get another job in Lucas' UA, leads me to believe that it really was the players, rather than Sullivan, who instigated the whole thing.