Tuesday, January 29, 2013

Nine St. Louis Boys

A match game of base ball was lately played by the boys of the Vermont Episcopal Institute, in which nine St. Louis boys were victorious against the picked nine of the Academy. 
-Missouri Republican, June 13, 1869

I think this is kind of significant because it has to be the first Eastern victory by a St. Louis baseball team.  At a time when the best Eastern clubs were coming to St. Louis and beating the best St. Louis clubs rather handily, here was a group of St. Louis boys, at school in Vermont, getting the job done.  It may not have been a victory over Cincinnati or Eckford but it was a still a win at a time when St. Louis was still trying to establish a national baseball reputation. 

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