“(It) would be an utter impossibility to publish all the games of the local clubs and therefore only such will be included in this record, with some few exceptions, as had a bearing upon the state championship and consequently the games between (
A quick note on club names: While I refer to clubs such as the Empire or
The above were, according to Tobias, “Among the very first of regularly formed clubs in
While there is a substantial amount of information about
Information on baseball activity prior to the fall of 1859 is difficult to come by. There is enough circumstantial evidence and vague references in the source material to believe that something was going on prior to the 1860 season. There were certainly bat and ball games being played in
The organization of the clubs listed above date to this period. Griswold came to
The first mention of the Olympics by Tobias was in reference to a
The first mention of a game by the Hope Club was a
Excelsior-Mentioned by Tobias “as being one of the ante-bellum organizations…” Evidence suggests that they were another town ball club that switched to playing baseball.
Laclede -The Laclede Club was mentioned by Al Spink, in The National Game, as one of the early opponents of the Empires. It’s unclear if the club was active in the antebellum period. Tobias states that the club was made up of master mechanics and describes them as one of the “early” clubs.
These clubs (along with the Resolute and Hope clubs) were mentioned by Tobias as taking part in a torchlight parade in 1865 honoring the Empire Club, who were returning from the first road trip by a St. Louis club.
Pickwick-Played a game against the Unions on
Magnolia-Played matches against the Olympics and Unions in 1867 and were a club “located in the Southern portion of the city.”
Sherman-A club founded by Louis Schrader in 1867 and named after Gen. Sherman; “existed only for a year or so…”
Star-Another club founded by Schrader and another “short lived” club.
Turner-Schrader’s third attempt at starting a baseball club; William Medart also was involved in the original organization of the club; the club was composed, as the name suggests, largely of lathe or machine operators; “one of the strongest” clubs in the city, according to Tobias.