At a meeting of the "Commercial Base Ball Club," the following gentlemen were elected officers for the ensuing year:-Missouri Republican, May 3, 1863
Wm. Bliss Clark, Esq., President.
A.W. Howe, Esq., Vice President.
Jno. W. Donaldson, Esq., Secretary and Treasurer.
Messrs. C.F. Gauss, Edwin Fowler and Hy. L. Clark, Directors; and Messrs. E.H. Tobias and E.C. Simmons, Field Captains.
While he mentioned that he was a member of the Commercials, Edmund Tobias never bothered to mention that he was one of the captains of the club during the Civil War. I also don't believe he ever mentioned the fact that the Commercials played during the war. In fact, I believe that he specifically mentioned that the club broke up at the beginning of the war. But I guess I can find it in my heart to forgive the Herodotus of 19th century St. Louis baseball.
Captain Tobias' club was one of the most important pioneer-era baseball clubs in St. Louis and I regret not writing about them in Base Ball Pioneers. When the publication of the book got pushed back, I mentioned to Peter Morris that I wanted to add something about the club to my chapter, which was already completed. In the end, I choose not to do so even though Peter thought it was a good idea. I liked my chapter as it was and while I had some information on the Commercials, I just didn't think I had enough to put together something interesting. Of course, it's three years later and I know a lot more about the club. I know that they were one of the two most active clubs in St. Louis during the Civil War. I know about their role in developing Lafayette Park as a baseball grounds. I know more about the members of the club. I know that they had a junior club. I know who their officers were in 1863.
The Commercials have been overlooked by baseball historians. That's something I want to rectify.