The First Game

Sunday, September 16, 2007


The first game of baseball in St. Louis, according to multiple sources, took place on July 8, 1860. A game was held that day, behind the St. Louis Fairgrounds, between the Cyclone and Morning Star Base Ball Clubs. The Morning Stars emerged victorious.

This was certainly not the first game of ball ever played in St. Louis but rather the first match game played under the New York rules. I plan on posting a lot more on the origins of the game in St. Louis and the men who claim to be the "fathers" of baseball in St. Louis. But this post is nothing more than an excuse to post another picture from Pictorial St. Louis.

The above picture shows the St. Louis Fairgrounds as they looked in 1875. I'm simply awed by Camille Dye's craftsmanship and attention to detail. Pictorial St. Louis is an amazing achievement.

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