The ball, in this art, was formally opened for the season yesterday, by the Union Club, at their new grounds on Grand avenue, near the Fair Grounds. The attendance was not particularly large. The first nine played a match game with the strongest nine on the field. The new grounds of the club are 525x500. They are not very level nor, as it seems to us well adapted, in this and other respects, to the game. A stand has been erected for the accommodation of visitors, underneath which there is an interesting cave.
It is said by those who claim to be au fait on base ball matches that an interesting season of the game is coming, and that this interest will be awakened by the arrival of clubs from New York, Ohio, Illinois and Indiana. The understanding is, as it is reported, that the clubs will play fair-test matches. It was said yesterday among those who discussed the subject that the game could well receive the best of attention this season, as the young men interested in it had not any pressing degree of any other occupation to engross their time and attention.
-Missouri Republican, May 3, 1868
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