Until further notice, the practice games of the Union Base Ball Club will be played on the old Veto grounds, commencing Saturday, May 23d, at 4 P.M.
-Missouri Republican, May 23, 1868
The Grand Avenue Grounds opened in May and was, according to Tobias, kind of a joint venture of the Union and Empire Club. Now, in 1867, the Unions played at what was called the Union Grounds, across the street from the Rock Church, and the Empires played at the Veto Grounds. And here we are, a month after the new grounds open, and the Unions are moving their practice games from the Grand Avenue Grounds to the Veto Grounds.
I have so many questions about this. Did the Unions really have equal rights to the ballpark? Did they get kicked out? Were the Empires using the park or not allowing the Unions access to it? Was there a falling out? Were the Unions having problems with August Solari? Why couldn't they schedule their practice games at the Grand Avenue Grounds?
And the ironic thing here, if the Unions couldn't use the grounds because of some kind of conflict with the Empires, is that it forced them to use the Empires' old grounds. How galling must that have been?