Our last account of the Atlantic Club left them on their way to St. Louis, where they were to meet the champion Union and Empire Clubs. They duly arrived at their destination on the morning of the [27th] ult., and received a hearty welcome from members of the fraternity in general, and the Empires and Unions in particular. They were driven to their headquarters in omnibuses, and after a brush up and shake down were taken in charge by the members of the Union Club and shown the sights of the city. An early dinner had been provided for the ballists, and at one o'clock, attired in their neat and attractive uniforms they were driven to the grounds of the Union Club. Within the inclosure and occupying every inch of vantage ground, a large crowd had gathered, and when the Atlantics made their appearance they were lustily cheered. But little time was lost in getting to work, and shortly after two o'clock the ball was opened. The Unions having won the toss, sent their opponents to the bat for the first innings. Pearce led off in his usual style with a safe hit, and was followed by his fellows in such rapid succession that before the last hand had been put out eight runs were scored. A "whitewash" awaited the Unions when they handled the willow; and it soon became apparent to most of the onlookers that the game was going to be very one-sided. The Atlantics did not do so well in the second innings, only scoring a single, while the Unions made two; but we do not intend to follow the game innings by innings to its conclusion. After the second innings the Atlantics increased their lead with fearful rapidity, scoring 14 in the sixth and 16 in the ninth, and winning by the totals of 68 to 9. The batting of Pearce and Ferguson was magnificent, while the fielding of the entire Atlantic was as fine an exhibition as ever seen in St. Louis. The Unions became demoralized early in the game. They did not have out as good a nine as in the Athletic game. Pearce, their pitcher, did not play, and the easy manner in which the Atlantics hit Lucas partly accounts for the disparity in the score. The Unions took their defeat good naturedly, however, and the players fraternized considerably...
On Sunday the Atlantics dept pretty quiet. The day was warm, and the shady portico of the hotel was much sought after. Toward evening, when the atmosphere became somewhat cooler, the Empires and their guests paired off in couples, and strolled about town.
-New York Clipper, July 11, 1868
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