The Empire Club of this city made a visit to Alma, Ill., on Wednesday, for the purpose of playing a return game with the Lone Star Club, who, it will be remembered, were signally defeated some two weeks ago in their first encounter with the Empires at the St. Louis Base Ball Park, by a score of 63 to 19.
The Empires were accompanied by quite a number of the members of the B.B. fraternity, amongst whom there was considerable speculation as to the probable result of this contest, it being understood that the Lone Star Club was capable of making a better game than they did in their first match. The weather was anything but propitious for out-door sports, but the Empires were not to be deterred from keeping their engagement, and arrived at Alma Station at 9 A.M., where they were cordially received by the Lone Star Club and most hospitally entertained. During the morning they visited the mines, and after a "right royal" dinner, provided by the fair ladies of Alma, repaired to the ball grounds, which, not well adapted to ball playing at any time, were found to be in very poor condition from the effects of the heavy rains. The game commenced at 2 P.M., and was marked on the side of the Empire Club both for fine fielding and heavy batting, while the Lone Stars by occasional good plays in the field showed they were capable enough, but were wanting in the experience of practice. Of the Empires, Murray made three, Sharkey two and Fitzgibbon one home run; and Wm. Obst bore the honors for the Lone Star in one home run. At the close of the game the score stood: Empire 53, Lone Star 14. Much friendly feeling was exhibited on both sides, and the members of the Lone Star Club seemed to think they could not do too much for the entertainment of their city friends. After a sumptuous supper, the evening was spent most agreeably at an impromptu dance till midnight, when the St. Lousians took the cars for home amid loud and hearty cheers, bearing with them many pleasant memories of Alma and its Lone Star club.
The Kaw Valley Base Ball Club of Lawrence, Kansas, will play with the Empire Club of this city next Tuesday afternoon at the St. Louis Base Ball Park, and the following day with the Union Club. It is expected that both of these games will be closely contested.
-Missouri Republican, September 11, 1868
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