|St. Nicolas Hotel circa 1870s|
The Southern Base Ball Club, of New Orleans, arrived in the city last night, and are stopping at the St. Nicholas. They play a match on Monday with the Unions, and on Tuesday with the Empires.-Missouri Republican, August 15, 1869
The reference to the St. Nicholas is a bit puzzling. The famous St. Nicholas Hotel in St. Louis was designed by Louis Sullivan and built in 1893 but it appears that there was an earlier St. Nicholas on Fourth Street that was in operation by the 1870s. Based on the above piece from the Republican, it must have been open by 1869.