In 1895, The Sporting News began publishing a series of articles on the early history of baseball in St. Louis written by E. H. Tobias, a former member of the Empire Club. Tobias' series, which first appeared in the October 26, 1895 issue of TSN, began with the origins of the game in the city and continued through the 1875 season, essentially covering the history of the game in St. Louis from its beginnings until the advent of championship play. The series ran in seventeen parts with the last article appearing in the February 15, 1896 issue of TSN.
For those who are interested, the archives of TSN are online at Paper of Record and a general guide to the series appears below. All articles in the series appears on page five of the issue cited.
-Pt. 1 (October 26, 1895) and Pt. 2 (November 2, 1895): the origins of baseball in St. Louis and the first clubs; baseball in St. Louis during the Civil War
-Pt. 3 (November 9, 1895): the 1865 season
-Pt. 4 (November 16, 1895): 1866
-Pt. 5 (November 23, 1895): 1867/1868
-Pt. 6 (November 30, 1895): 1868/1869
-Pt. 7 (December 7, 1895): 1869
-Pt. 8 (December 14, 1895): 1869/1870
-Pt. 9 (December 21, 1895): 1870/1871
-Pt. 10 (December 28, 1895: 1871/1872
-Pt. 11 (January 4, 1896): 1872/1873
-Pt. 12 (January 11, 1896): 1873
-Pt. 13 (January 18, 1896): 1874
-Pt. 14 (January 25, 1896): 1874
-Pt. 15 (February 1, 1896): 1874
-Pt. 16 (February 8, 1896): 1874/1875
It goes without saying that this is an incredible source for information about 19th century baseball in St. Louis. Tobias, an eyewitness and participant in the events he describes, provides a wealth of material and I'm only now beginning to mine the source. It's obvious to me, after spending a week reading through the Tobias series, that the history of the game in St. Louis cannot be understood properly without taking Tobias into account. So I think I should offer this warning to all of my loyal readers out there: Be prepared to hear a lot from Mr. Tobias over the next month or so.