|Fans of the Union Club celebrate the team's victory over the Empires. |
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Continuing our excerpts from Anthony Lampe's The Background Of Professional Baseball In St. Louis, published in the Missouri Historical Society Bulletin, October 1950:
The second game of the championship series between the Union and Empire Clubs was played on July tenth. The Union Club again won, this time by the narrow margin of thirty-four to thirty-two, thus taking the championship from the Empires, who had held it for six years. The newly crowned champions celebrated their victory with an evening of merrymaking, reported in the Missouri Republican [July 11, 1867] as follows:
The great victory...naturally enough caused no small elation and enthusiasm among the members of the organization. Their joy, however, was not manifested in any unseemly or intemperate manner toward their conquered foes, but in an inoffensive, harmless way. In one respect it assumed a most agreeable development.
Between eleven and twelve o'clock last night a large party of the victorious knights assembled in front of the REPUBLICAN office, having a fine band of music in attendance, and we were soon apprised of their presence by the sweet strains of music floating up through the still air of night in most agreeable melody...
The party were in exuberant spirits, and full of fun and frolic, and somewhat inclined to be a little boisterous, which however, under the circumstances, might be expected. As the party dispersed three cheers were given for the REPUBLICAN office, and then, with generous spirit, for the Empire Club.
The Union Base Ball Club March was published to celebrate the Unions' great victory. The cover of the sheet music, pictured above, is the only known contemporary picture of the Union Club nine.