Sunday, August 9, 2009

The Freeport Club Demurred

We noticed a few days since that the Empire Base Ball club of Freeport had issued a general challenge to all clubs in the West for a series of match games. We are informed that the Empire base ball club, of St. Louis, sent the Freeport club a challenge some time since, naming Chicago as the place. To this the Freeport club demurred, claiming the right as the challenged party to select the ground for the first match. We are informed that a meeting of our Empire boys was held last night to take the matter into consideration, and we have no doubt the Freeporters will find that no quibble will be allowed to stand in the way of a fair and manly contest.
-St. Louis Daily Press, June 7, 1865

This is the back story to the Empire Club's match with the Empire Club of Freeport, Illinois, which has been described as the first fly match played in the West. I've written about the game on a couple of occasions.

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