Formation of a State Association.
A convention of base-ball players was held, yesterday afternoon, at the Philarmonic Hall, to form a State Association. A preliminary meeting was held on the 21st ult., and the principal stimulus to the organization of the association was created by the action of the National Base-Ball Convention, which decided that delegates were not eligible to participate in its meetings unless they were connected with State Associations...
It was stipulated by the Constitution that the association should be composed of two delegates from each of the Base-Ball Clubs which should be admitted to a representation. The object of the association as set forth, was "to improve, foster and perpetuate the American game of base ball and the cultivation of kindly meetings among the different Base-Ball Clubs."
One of the provisions of the Constitution was that no club should be represented in the association, unless composed of at least eighteen active members, or by any delegate under eighteen years. The regular meetings of the association are to be held on the second Wednesday of each year.
Some discussion ensued upon the sum which should be paid by the club as admission fee and annual dues. It was decided that the admission fee should be $10, and the annual dues $5.
The ninth article provides that no club should admit or retain a person as member who had been guilty of conspiring with any one to cause the loss of a match game of base ball in which he was or might be one of the contestants. No match game is to be played by any club belonging to the association with any club which has any such person among its members under penalty of forfeiture of its membership.
The Constitution and by-laws were adopted.
Election of Officers.
The Convention proceeded to elect officers of the association The following was the result of the election:
President - A.W. Smith.
1st Vice President - H.C. Carr. 2d C.P. Seiner.
3d - C.D. Paul.
Recording Secretary - J.E. Meginn.
Corresponding Secretary - G.H. Denney.
Treasurer - Lew. P. Fuller.
A Committee on Credentials was appointed, consisting of Messrs. Fuller, Smith and Carr.
After some formal business the Convention adjourned.
-Missouri Republican, April 23, 1868
Lew P. Fuller
Jas. T. Spaulding
Chas P. Seener
Chas. D. Paul
Edward J. McKeon
Ernest W. Ziegler
Jno. T. Callahan
Asa W. Smith
Geo. H. Denny
First, let me say that I love lists like this. It gives us a good idea of the best clubs in the city in 1868 and also gives us names of players and club officers that we may not otherwise have. Good stuff.
The second thing about the information we find here is something I'm going to save for tomorrow. We have a name listed here that's extremely significant and that I've found in only one other baseball-related source. How's that for a tease?