The old home of the ex-champions of the Union Association looks desolate and forlorn nowadays. The late storms have played sad havoc out there. The fence on the Cass avenue side has blown down for a distance of 40 feet, and every one is free to use the grounds. The field is cut to pieces and the cinder track, on which so many great struggles have taken place, is washing away through want of care. It is indeed unfortunate that the property is so tied up in litigation that it can not be preserved. The grounds can be leased if the party who wants it will pay $4000 a year rent, $1600 back rent and liquidate a mortgage of $900. Every one who touches the property seems to have bad luck.
-St. Louis Globe-Democrat, November 30, 1887
This is the ballpark that was once referred to as "The Palace Park of America."