First, of course, I have the rest of the fantastic Daily Republic article to post. It's just great stuff full of information on antebellum clubs and ballplayers as well as on the postbellum amateur era. I'm breaking it up into something like eight or nine posts. It's a long article but well worth the read.
After that, I'll be posting some stuff that I'm really excited about. In Tobias' series on the history of St. Louis baseball, he mentioned that the St. Louis Daily Bulletin had published some accounts of antebellum games. Well, today, I finally got a chance to take a look at issues of the Daily Bulletin from late April to October of 1860. And Tobias wasn't lying.
Previously, we only had contemporary sources for one antebellum game (the July 9, 1860 match between the Cyclones and the Morning Stars) but now, thanks to Tobias' hint, I have sources for six more. I also found specific references to town ball and a town ball club, two cricket matches, and the first meetings of the Morning Star and Commercial Base Ball Clubs. Also, I found a reference to the election of officers for the Empire Club. The most significant thing I found today, I believe, is a reference to base ball in a similar context to that of the 1858 Alton references. All in all, very cool stuff.
So keep coming back because this is going to be great month here at the old blog.