At a called meeting of the Judiciary Committee of the Mo. S. B. B. Association, held at the rooms of the Union B.B. Club at St. Louis, Mo., on Wednesday evening, July 8th, 1868, at 8 o'clock, the following charges and specifications were preferred by the Empire B. B. Club, viz: -
That, in a match game of base ball between the Union and Empire B.B. Clubs, of St. Louis, Mo., played on the 18th of June, 1868, at grounds known as the St. Louis Base Ball Park, the umpire of said game was guilty of a violation of the rules of the National Association of base ball players, in this: -
1. That he reversed his decision in the eighth innings of said game without cause, contrary to rule 7, section 6, of the N.A. of B.B.P.
2. That he so reversed his decision on an appeal by a member or members other than the captain, contrary to rule 7, section 6, of the N.A. of B.B.P.
3. That he did not, at the conclusion of said game declare the winning club and record his decision in the books of the scorers, as required by rule 7, section 1, of the N.A. of B.B.P.
Upon careful review of the evidence presented, the committee find that the third charge is sustained - that the umpire did not declare the winning club and record his decision in the books of the scorers, as required by rule 7, section 1, of the N.A. of B.B.P.
The committee further find that the failure of the umpire to do his duty was solely owing to his own indifference and neglect, and was not the result of undue influence or fear of personal violence.
It is not in evidence that the captain of the Union nine remarked the neglect of the umpire and requested him to do his duty.
Had such request been made, and compliance therewith been refused by the umpire, without just cause, the committee believe that such refusal and failure of duty on the part of the umpire should not invalidate the game.
No such demand having been made on the part of the Union Club, and the umpire having utterly failed to do his duty as required by rule 7, section 1, of the National Association of Base Ball Players, the committee, in accordance with rule 7, section 8, of the rules of the National Association of Base Ball Players, adopted Dec. 11, 1867, decide that the match game of base ball played on the 18th of June, 1868, between the Union and Empire base ball clubs, of St. Louis, Mo., on the grounds known as the St. Louis Base Ball Park, at St. Louis, Mo., must be held invalid, and cannot be recorded in the list of match games played in 1868.
E.S. McKeon, Athlete, Chairman.
Geo. H. Benny, Dirigo,
James Halpin, Baltic,
Chas. P. Skinner, Resolute.
-New York Clipper, July 18, 1868
The significance of all of this is that the Missouri and St. Louis championship had been pretty much decided with the Union having defeated the Empires twice in a best of three series. There really wasn't another club in St. Louis that could defeat the Union in a best of three series and, therefore, baring any sort of upset, the Union had successfully defended their championship. But with this decision by the Missouri State Base Ball Association, throwing out the first game, the series now stood at 1-0, in the Union's favor, and the championship was still up for grabs. I would have to imagine that this was, within the St. Louis baseball fraternity, a rather big deal.