We find the following in the Chicago Tribune, and for the fair fame and name of our St. Louis B.B. Clubs we hope it is not correct:
Mr. Budd, of the Excelsiors, who played with the nine in St. Louis last week, returned home yesterday. He reports that, on the arrival of the Excelsiors at East St. Louis, they found no one to receive them, and that they were obliged to find a hotel as best they might alone and unaided. After locating at the Everett House, they were still left alone by the ball-players of the city, until finally an omnibus was engaged to take them out to the Fair Grounds. Arrived at that place, they were refused admission, although dressed in uniform, and were compelled to purchase tickets before they could obtain admittance. They found the Unions, of St. Louis, on the grounds, having already had the impudence to demand of the management the prize, stating that the Excelsiors would not put in an appearance, and basing their claims to the prize on the fact that they had defeated all other clubs. When the crowd in attendance beheld the Excelsiors coming, they set up such a shout as the old Fair Grounds had never heard before, and in a short time the members of the club which had endeavored to step in and steal the prize found themselves beaten by the Chicagos boys by a score of 27 to 9. It seems the Unions were not satisfied with this defeat; for, upon insisting that the Excelsiors should remain over and play another game, they were beaten on yesterday by a score of 47 to 10. This afternoon, the Excelsiors play the Bloomington Club, and will arrive home again on Wednesday morning.
-Missouri Republican, October 15, 1868
The problem is that the St. Louis baseball fraternity didn't much care for the Excelsiors and their dislike of the club goes back to the Bloomington tournament of September 1866, when the Empires were, they felt, cheated out of a victory by the Excelsiors. Given the history between the Excelsiors and the St. Louis clubs, I'm surprised they were even invited to this tournament.