The Union Base Ball club, of Morrisania, (Champions of the United States) arrived here yesterday morning, from Bloomington, and were escorted by the Union Club of St. Louis, to the St. Nicholas Hotel, where apartments had been engaged for them. The Club was well represented, not only by its playing members but also by several of its officers; and a more genteel and a finer body of base-ball players never visited our city. The party consisted of H.J. Ford, Vice President; T.W. Stevens, Secretary; J.H. Henry, Treasurer; R.M. Lush, Scorer; and Messrs. Birdsall, Pabor, Goldie, Martin, Wright, Shelley, Smith, Austin, Bellan, Reynolds and Sears, all of whom were much pleased with their cordial reception and highly eulogistic in their praises of our city, all declaring that this was the only city that bore a resemblance to New York.
Their first engagement being with the Union Club of this city, both clubs made a prompt appearance on the Union Base Ball grounds at 3 P.M. Here their presence was greeted by a large and enthusiastic audience, numbering at least two thousand people. The day was most auspicious for the game - the weather being cool and clear, all that could be desired for out-door sports. Much speculation was indulged in by the knowing ones as to the result of the game. Some having no confidence in the ability of the St. Louis Club while others (and more knowing ones) contended that the champions would have all they could attend to, and the result of the game proves the latter to be correct. The Unions of St. Louis were able to put forth a better nine than they have had in any previous match this season, and the result demonstrated the fact that our city has a first-class club, and that notwithstanding the ill-luck which has attended them heretofore, they have had pluck enough to fight their way against the strongest clubs of the country. The Unions of Morrisania are too well known to need any praise here, but we cannot refrain from remarking on their perfect behaviour on the field, and the easy, graceful manner of their play. Their fielding was far superior to the St. Louis Club, while the latter displayed some splendid batting, and deserve especial praise for being the only club whom the champions have met in their tour that has been able to punish Pabor's pitching, which they did so thoroughly as to force him in the eighth inning to give way to Wright.
-Missouri Republican, August 15, 1868
I don't think it really matters that the Union of Morrisania had won a disputed championship in 1867 or that Charley Pabor was probably soft-tossing it up to the plate with a seventeen run lead in the eighth inning. This defeat was pretty much a victory for the Unions of St. Louis, who had suffered devastating defeats at the hands of the big Eastern clubs in 1868. They put up an eight run inning and a ten run inning on the defending national champs and made a game of it.