The spectators laughingly separated upon the announcement of the victory [of Philadelphia over the Unions], while merry jests and cheerful shouts of "better luck next time" rang over the field.
The Athletics were loudly applauded, and from the beginning to the end a generous rivalry only existed between the two clubs.
In criticising the Unions, as we have done in this article, we would state that it is done simply for their own benefit and advancement. There is no reason on eart,h why there should be such a vast difference in the playing of the athletes, from the East and Western clubs, and surely there can be found nine men in as large a city as St. Louis to now and then meet these conquering clubs as they make their triumphal marches westward and shred a few locks from the lithe-limbed Sampsons.
In this contest the Unions were more badly defeated than they were last year by the Nationals. The innings stood in the game with the Nationals 113 to 26, and in this game it stands 54 to 12.
The Unions certainly deserve much credit for their courage, and for the fortitude with which they go into battle with a more powerful enemy; and if they will go to work, select their best men, pay strict attention to the game, and drill hard and discipline themselves thoroughly, they may, indeed, have "better luck next time."
The amiable and accommodating President of the Union Club, Mr. C.O. Bishop, is entitled to great credit for the efficient manner in which he regulated the details and arrangements of the match.
To-day at 2 1/2 o'clock, on the same ground, the Empire Club of St. Louis take up the gauntlet of the Athletics and break a lance for their fair city in the base ball tournament.
There is, or was, a feeling of rivalry between the Empires and Unions, and if the former are more successful to-day than the latter were yesterday, the fame thereof will be "noised abroad" from Dan to Beersheba.
-Missouri Republican, June 13, 1868
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