E.H. Tobias, writing in the December 7, 1895 issue of The Sporting News, details the visit of "the famous Red Stocking Club of Cincinnati" to St. Louis in 1869:
That great aggregation of ball players, the famous Red Stocking Club of Cincinnati, on their way across the continent, stopped at St. Louis and played the Union Club on September 15.
The defeat of the Union Club was, of course, looked upon as a foregone conclusion, but the disparity in the figures was not, so that on the following day, September 16, when the Empire Club was scheduled to be wiped out by the visitors, the home club agreeably surprised everyone of the large crowd in attendance by putting up an unusual vigorous game and holding down the score of the Red Sox. The non-appearance of Murray necessitated some changes in placing the players and the results shows they were put where they could "do the most good." Fitzgibbon pitched effectually, Barron did shortstop to perfection, Shockey took four running flies and Heep two very difficult ones. The altogether good showing at the bat of the Empire boys put their admirers in such good humor that they were willing to forgive all the past sins of omission and commission , particularly those in the Forest City and Southern Club games. But for a muff by Welch in the seventh the National Champions would have been white washed in that inning.