The St. Louis Agricultural and Mechanical Association offer premiums to the amount of five hundred dollars to be contested for by base ball clubs during the fair to come off early in October, the winning club to receive three hundred dollars, the second best one hundred and fifty dollars, and the third best fifty dollars.
-The Daily Cleveland Herald, September 5, 1868
Since I have to assume that the Empire and Union Clubs entered this little tournament and placed in the money, this raises the question of what was done with the money? Did the players get a cut? Did it go to the club to help pay for general expenses?