The quarrel between the St. Louis Brown Stocking and the St. Louis Sportsmen's Park and Club Association is at present monopolizing the attention of the fraternity. For this reason the past week was an unusually exiting and eventful one. When the trouble commenced each and every member of the Brown Stocking team pledged himself to be governed by the action of the club's officers. During the week, however, influences were brought to bear that led to the secession of a minority of the players, and the result has been the formation of two clubs, both of which will play this afternoon. The "reorganized" Browns will meet the Buckeyes of Cincinnati, at the Grand Avenue Park, while the original Browns will entertain the Atlantics of Brooklyn, at their grounds on Compton avenue. Mr. McHenry has placed his spacious park in superb condition, and the Browns have been practicing industriously all week, so that they may show the public that they are prepared to play as brilliantly as of old. They propose to retain the patronage of the public by doing even better work than that which earned such unprecedented attendance in the past. On Saturday and Sunday next the famous Eclipse Club, of Louisville, will visit the Browns, and that team will be followed by other professional organizations. In the interim those interesting tilts between the Browns and Reds that are pleasantly remembered by all who witnessed them will be resumed.-St. Louis Globe-Democrat, October 9, 1881
My initial reaction to this article is to view the whole thing as a schism between the Spink brothers and the St. Louis Baseball Association on one side and Chris Von der Ahe and the Sportsmen's Park and Club Association on the other-the old Brown Stockings versus the new Brown Stockings-that resulted in Von der Ahe buying out the St. Louis Baseball Association at the end of the season. But certainly a little more information would be helpful.