The series of matches between foreign and home base ball clubs, inaugurated on Monday, and which has proved so pleasant a feature in the programme to many persons, closed yesterday noon with the contest between the Excelsior Club of Chicago and the Atlantics of this city. The crowd in attendance was immense, and the playing, on the part of the Excelsiors especially, was very fine. The game was opened promptly at 10 o'clock, and resulted in favor of the Chicago club by a score of - Excelsiors 71, Atlantics 7. The Excelsiors have thus won the premium of $300 and the gold mounted bat given by the Association. They have come off triumphant in three matches during the week - the first with the Unions, when the score stood 27 to 9; the second with the Resolutes, which closed at 41 runs to 13, and the third with the Resolutes this morning. On to-morrow afternoon they will leave for home.
-Missouri Republican, October 11, 1868
The interesting thing is that many in the local sporting press, in the local baseball fraternity, and among the St. Louis fans believed that it was. They believed that they could compete against the best clubs in the nation. It was a form of parochial delusion and one that St. Louis was (and still is) especially susceptible to in most matters. The realization that everyone was wrong about St. Louis' place in the baseball world would have a disastrous impact upon the popularity of baseball in the city in the following years.