Base Ball Challenge - The Empire Club desires a friendly match for a ball, with any nine players selected from the city. This challenge is open for one month. Any communications respecting the above will be directed to the secretary of the club. L.P. Fuller President.
John W. Williams, Secretary E.B.B. Club.-Missouri Republican, August 13, 1861
It appears that this challenge was accepted because on August 21, the Republican noted that "A Match game of base ball will be played upon Gamble Lawn, on Thursday afternoon, at 3 o'clock, between the first nine of the Empire Club, and a selected nine from the various ball-players in St. Louis."