A base ball match for $500, between the two champion clubs of Massachusetts, commenced [in Worcester, Mass.] to-day. When the play stopped, the Excelsiors of Upton stood 67, and the Union of Medway 33. The play will be resumed.-Missouri Republican, October 12, 1859
-Missouri Republican, October 23, 1859
The Rochester Base Ball players and the All England Eleven cricketers, practiced the game this P.M. The Base Ball players amalgamated with the cricketers and nine innings a side were played, the scores being 11 and 18. The cricketers did not make much headway from the want of knowledge of the technicalities.
These are the two earliest references to baseball games that I've yet found in a St. Louis newspaper. I have no doubt that somewhere in the Missouri Republican is a 1859 reference to baseball in St. Louis and I will find it. I'm close. Just have to do the work.