The match game played yesterday evening, on the Union Base Ball grounds, between the Atlantics and the Empires, resulted in the defeat of the latter [by the score of 53-15...]
It is the old story over and over again. If defeated clubs could leave wrecks behind them, then would the Union grounds be strewn thick with reputations damaged, and expectations blighted and buried all along the bases and under the green grasses of either field.
Yet the Empires played very well considering all things, not so well as the Unions, however, the day previous; and Sharkey in the right field; Wirth, 1st base; Barron, short stop; and the two Fruins, were prompt, devoted, and athletic. In the playing of Roberts, O'Connell, Hazelton and Murray, there was a noticeable improvement.
The Atlantics were simply superb. The bronzed conquerors leave this morning for Indianapolis, thence to Louisville, thence to Cincinnati and home. We with them a safe and successful journey.
-Missouri Republican, June 30, 1868
It really was the same old story. Over and over again, the local, St. Louis clubs got crushed by the Eastern elites. But I do find it interesting that the Empires scored more runs and gave up fewer runs than the Unions but the writer in the Republican believed that the Unions played the Atlantics better than the Empires. I'm thinking that the writer must have been a Union partisan. His criticism of the Unions was much more severe than what we find here and it's possible that, if he was a fan of the Union Club, his criticism could have been a result of his bitter disappointment at seeing his club so badly beaten. But that's just me speculating.