The St. Louis Base Ball Club, composed of men with money, has undertaken to pay the traveling expenses of a strong nine of colored baseballists to travel through the Eastern States early 1871. They desire the address of the secretaries of colored clubs in the United States North.-Daily Observer (Utica, NY), November 29, 1870
James Brunson sent this to be last week and it's extremely interesting. First, Brunson identifies the club in question as the Brown Stockings, a black club that I have seen a few references to but nothing this early. Also, I love the fact that the club goes by the name of the St. Louis Base Ball Club. This was the same official name of the NA/NL Brown Stockings and the AA/NL Browns. It's a name with a rich tradition and this club only adds to the legacy.
I want to thank Dr. Brunson for taking the time to send this information to me so that I could share it with all of you.