-Mears Baseball Scrapbook, Volume 1, 1853-1870Base Ball Championship Of The West.
A game was played in Freeport, Ill., on the 4th of July, for the Championship of the West, between the Empire, of St. Louis, and the Empire, of Freeport, Ill.
It's interesting that the Eastern press recognized the "Championship of the West." I've written before about how tenuous the Empires' claims to the Western championship was and how the entire idea was slightly ridiculous. But here we have the thing blessed by the established baseball press.