Monday, February 25, 2013

These Old Rival Clubs

Union Vs. Empire.

These old rival clubs of St. Louis entered the arena for the championship of Missouri for 1870, on the 23d of June, the game being played at the base ball park at St. Louis, in the presence of a large crowd of spectators.  We regret not having more spare for more than the score, but that tells the story of the contest pretty plainly.  The ball played with was a lively one, and hence there were no less than 39 fielding errors in the game, heavy hitting deciding the contest.
-The Mears Baseball Scrapbook Volume 2, 1870-1877, p 15.

Did I mention yesterday that the Mears Collection is searchable?  I opened one of the scrapbooks at random, typed in St. Louis and this Empire/Union game popped up.

And I should also mention that, while I'm attributing the material to the Mears Collection, this is primary source material.  These scrapbooks have articles from the Clipper, Spirit of the Times or whatever that William Rankin cut out and saved.  The article and box score that appears above was found in the second volume of the Mears scrapbooks but it comes from a 1870 newspaper article.   

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