- 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.
Wednesday, October 3, 2007
Where The Games Were Played
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.