Thursday, January 31, 2013

Solving The Mystery Of The Empire Juniors

A game of base ball, the first of a series of three for the championship, will come off at the Base Ball Park, to-day, commencing at 2 o'clock, and will be played by the Empires and Eckfords.  The latter club was formerly the Empire, Jr.  Since its organization it has made rapid progress, and will undoubtedly give the champions a lively opposition.
-Missouri Republican, September 12, 1869

The other day I noted that the Empire, Jr., had changed their name early in the 1869 season and the article I quoted implied that they had simply changed their name to Empire.  I wasn't sure what to make of that and puzzled over it.  Here, however, we find all of the answers we were looking for.  The Empire, Jr., changed their name to the Eckfords, joined the Missouri Base Ball Association (as we saw in another post a couple of days ago) and competed against the Empires for the championship.  Problem solved. 

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