The Bluff Base Ball Club, of Belleville, have accepted the invitation of Mr. Solari to play a match game of base ball for a silver-mounted bat. The game will be played on Thursday, September 10, at the St. Louis B.B. Park, between the Bluffs and the Dirigo Base Ball Club, of St. Louis, Mo. The game will commence at 3 o'clock P.M.
-Missouri Republican, September 8, 1868
I don't know how you all feel about this series of posts but I just find the 1868 season fascinating. You have the clash between the Empires and Unions, the big Eastern clubs visiting town, the opening of the Grand Avenue Grounds, the state association being formed, and all of these things are extremely important in the history of St. Louis baseball. But then you have smaller things like Solari scheduling trophy matches, baseball being played at the Fair, a match between Belleville and Alma clubs, and you just get a sense of how popular the game was at the time. There would be some rough times ahead for the game in St. Louis but, by 1868, baseball had planted deep roots and was an important part of life in the city.