St. Louis, with its usual disregard to righteousness, chose last Sunday as a proper time to open the base ball season. A picked nine, consisting of Pearce, Pike, Croft, Seward, Dolan, Loftus, Magner, J. and A. Blong, defeated the amateur Grand Avenues by 13 to 3.
-Chicago Tribune, February 18, 1877
Just a few thoughts:
- That's a pretty good picked nine.
- February seems a bit early to be opening the baseball season. Most likely a game was played simply because the weather was nice.
- Leave it to a Chicago paper to take a swipe at the morals of St. Louisians.