Wednesday, October 3, 2007
In the 1860's and 70's, amateur teams played baseball in a variety of locations around St. Louis. Some of the more prominent locations are listed below.
- The first recorded game played in St. Louis was at the Old Fairgrounds in north St. Louis.
- The Empire and the Union clubs played some of their earliest games in a field located near the Rock Church on Grand Ave.
- The Elephant and Saw Log Grounds was an open field near the riverfront just east of Broadway.
- The Rowenas and Vanities played in an open field south of Lafayette Park.
- The Gamble Lawn Grounds, located "near the old Rock Springs", was used by both the Empire and the Union.
- In the early 1860's, Thomas McNeary built what would become known as Red Stockings Base Ball Park on Compton Ave.
- In 1871, the Grand Avenue Park was built by August Solari and would be used between 1875-1877 by the Brown Stockings. Later, Sportsman's Park would be built on the site.
- Stocks Park was built in 1875 by a combination of livestock dealers and baseball enthusiasts near the corner of Easton and Vandeventer Ave.