Wednesday, July 11, 2012

The Beaten Party Are Not Yet Satisfied

Last Saturday, the "Enterprise" Base Ball club of this city, and the "Carondelet" Club of Carondelet, played a match game for a ball, in which the St. Louis boys came out "first best" by large odds, leaving he Carondelet players fairly behind, according to a report of the game which has been sent us by Master Plant, the Scorer for the "Enterprise."  We learn, however, that the beaten party are not yet satisfied, and that another game is to be played to-day.
-Missouri Republican, April 9, 1864

Again, to the same point, we see substantial baseball activity in St. Louis during the war years, when the secondary sources and general theory suggested we wouldn't find it.  This evidence is going to have a profound impact on not only St. Louis baseball history but, I believe, on the history of baseball during the Civil War.  We're going to have to come up with a new way of thinking about baseball during the Civil War that deals with this data.      

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