A meeting of the Presidents of the Base Ball Clubs was held on Saturday evening the 7th inst., at the Union Rooms, at which the following clubs were represented: Resolute, Excelsior, Atlantic, Baltic, Magnolia, Dirigo, Commercial, St. Louis, Aetna, Active and Union.
On motion it was resolved that a meeting be called at the Union Rooms on Saturday, the 21st inst., at 7 1/2 o'clock, P.M., to which each senior club send two delegates, the object of which shall be the organization of the State Base Ball Association. It is hoped that all the clubs of the city will respond to the call and be represented at the meeting, as it is for the interest of the base ball fraternity that such an association be organized at once.
-Missouri Republican, March 8, 1868
-I have to think that the organization that the clubs showed in putting together the charity ball made the organization of a state baseball association substantially easier. In many ways, you can see the charity ball as a dry run for the organization of the state association. With the charity ball, the clubs had shown an ability to work together in a way that they had not demonstrated in the past.
-Where was the Empire Club? It's a similar question to the one I asked about the Unions and the charity ball. It may be that the rivalry between the two clubs was so substantial that they were unable to work together. If the Empires were involved in the charity ball, the Unions would have nothing to do with it. If the Unions were trying to organize a state association, the Empires were out.
-The organization of a state association was an important step if the St. Louis clubs wanted to participate in baseball on a national level. The National Association had put in place a rule that all of its members had to be a member in a state association and, therefore, if the St. Louis clubs wanted to be part of the NA, they had to organize a state association.