The long-looked-for match game between the two leading clubs of St. Louis - the Empire and the Union - took place yesterday afternoon at the St. Louis Base Ball Park, attracting a large number of spectators, who manifested much interest through-out the entire game.
The friends of both clubs have been anxiously anticipating this game for some time back, to decide the much mooted question of superiority, and this interest has been much magnified by the result of several recent games in which both clubs have been somewhat worsted. The day was most admirably suited for the contest, and the members of the respective nines made their appearance on the grounds promptly, full of life and seemingly anxious for the contest. The friends of the Empire Club were in high expectations of success, based upon the fact that they had strengthened their nine by the addition of H. Noerr as catcher, who, it was fully believed, was a "power" in himself and would add very materially to their success; while on the other hand, the Union Club, relying on the ability of their oft-tried veterans, and gaining fresh courage from the unexpected defeat of their adversaries last week in the Fair Association matches, exhibited every manifestation of confidence in victory.
The game opened by the Empires at the bat, and the quick style in which the Unions handled the ball betokened that they meant "business," as they allowed the Empires but two runs, when they took five to themselves, which were made, however, through indifferent fielding of the Empires. On the second inning the Empires made four runs; Union three; score standing eight to six in favor of the Unions, which difference was equalized on the third inning by the Empires treating their opponents to a "white wash," and adding two to their own score. At this time the liveliest enthusiasm was manifested in the game, and there was every reason to suppose it would be the most closely contested game of the season. At the end of the 4th innings the score stood 13 to 11. Unions still ahead, but the fine fielding of the Empires gave promise to their friends of a successful result, which hope was largely increased in the 5th innings, by the Unions taking "white wash" No. 2 - though the Empires succeeded in adding but one to their own score. On the 6th innings the Empires were accommodated with a round 0 in one, two, three order, followed by some very heavy batting of the Unions, which added 8 to their runs - score 21 to 12 in favor of the Union. Owing to the lateness of the day but two more innings were played in which the Empire Club were able to add but one to their score, while the Unions counted six - the score standing 27 for the Unions, 13 for the Empire.
...The result of the game gives the championship of the State to the Union Club who are well worthy of it, and the Empire Club who have for a long time borne such a high reputation in Base Ball circles, must acknowledge that they have been fairly and squarely beaten, and that, too, at big odds. The reasons of this are very evident, and must be plainly seen by themselves; and it is somewhat surprising that a club of their age should profit so little by their experience.
-Missouri Republican, October 15, 1868
Tobias wrote the following about the 1868 champion Union Club in The Sporting News on November 30, 1895:
The record of the Union Club for the season of 1868 in which it held the state championship is here given. The clubs they defeated were the Atlantic, Empire, Union, Jr., Athletic, National, Mutual and Battle of St. Louis and the Kaw Valley of Lawrence. They were defeated by the Athletics of Philadelphia, Atlantics of Brooklyn, Cincinnati, Buckeye, Union of Morrisania, and Excelsior of Chicago twice. In these games they scored a total of 427 runs to their opponents 433...Those who took part in five or more games were Berning, Cabanne, Carr, Duncan, Easton, Freeman, Greenleaf, Lucas, Oran, A.W. Smith, Turner and Yore.