Since the list is a bit long, I'm going to break it up into two parts. Part one ends with a shocking cliffhanger that will make you reevaluate everything you thought you knew about what it means to be a Cylon (oh, wait...that was the season three cliffhanger for Battlestar Galactica). Come back tomorrow for Part Two; same bat-time, same bat-channel.
Gamble Lawn (
Carr Place-“Carr Place was early used by the Morning Star Club and the next ground to become known as a base ball resort was nearly two blocks in extent on the west side of Ham Street, just south of Chouteau Avenue… (here) played the
Lafayette Park- “…it was but a short time until (the Unions and Commercials) obtained permission from the city council to use a certain portion of Lafayette Park providing they would arrange and maintain the grounds at their own expense. This was done at an outlay of several hundred dollars by each club, but they enjoyed the benefit of the grounds for only a brief period as the war of the Rebellion had broken out, soldiers were being recruited and the military powers seized upon it as a fitting spot for an encampment.”
“In the early days in
Allen’s Commons-“…so the boys went hunting for a new location (after the military seized Lafayette Park) and succeeded in finding one on Mississippi Avenue, south of Lafayette Park, on a large commons owned by Hon. Thos. Allen, who granted permission for the clubs to use the grounds free of all charges. Many ‘interesting and exciting’ games were played upon this ground; the most notable ones being a series between the
The Old Cemetery Grounds-“One of the first match games of base ball played West of the
The Fair Grounds-“One of the earliest match games played was between the Cyclone and Morning Star Clubs on grounds just back of where now stands the amphitheatre in the Fair Grounds…”
“The First Base Ball Match In
Note: Important matches were still being held west of the Fair Grounds as late as 1868 so we can say that baseball was played at the Fair Grounds from 1860 until at least 1868.
The Laclede Grounds-“The Laclede was the name of an early club made up from master mechanics who played on a lot one block north of Easton Avenue between Jefferson and Garrison.”
The Union Grounds-“On the 22nd of May (1867) the Union Club inaugurated its new grounds on Grand, south of
The Veto Grounds-“The Unions having challenged the Empires for a championship series of three games, the first was scheduled for June 26 (1867), on the Veto grounds, afterwards known as the Compton Avenue Park, and located immediately adjoining the Pacific R.R. Machine Shops.”
“In 1866 the play ground (of the Empire Club) was changed to near the Pacific Railroad machine shop…” Al Spink The National Game