This day decides whether the victorious club marching westward from Philadelphia shall add the name of St. Louis to its victorious banner, or whether that banner shall go down dimmed and defeated. The Athletics are scarred veterans - victors of many a field - and marching ever in the van are McBride, Fisher, Wilkins, Sessenderfer, Schaffer, Radcliffe, Reach, Berry and Cuthbert.
The Athletics also have all the eclat of universal success, and the advantage that prestige and victory invariably produce.
We have already published the triumphs of the Athletics up to Louisville, and it was a career in which not even one of their most lagging stragglers was surprised. At Louisville the Kentuckians were badly worsted, and at Indianapolis the Indiana "Actives" went to the wall after struggling gallantly and well.
Prophets have no honor in their own country, and therefore we predict nothing. The St. Louis Base Ball Park is well prepared - its grass is invitingly green, and its walks are as level as a strip of prairie. Let the two clubs meet, therefore, in friendly rivalry. The Unions have stepped forward bravely to take up the gauntlet flung down to them, and they will do their devoir as devotedly as true base ball knights ever do.
When the two clubs meet in battle array, we sincerely hope that the better one may win. There is no reason upon earth why the West should be so vastly inferior to the East in this athletic game, and a score or two of decisive defeats may awaken a tremendous amount of determination in all the clubs from the Ohio to the Arkansas.
-Missouri Republican, June 12, 1868
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