The game of base ball between the Chicago club and the Union came off yesterday afternoon at the base ball park, and attracted quite a number of interested spectators. The Chicago club arrived yesterday morning and stopped at the Laclede hotel. A more beautiful day for the sport could not have been desired, and, except a little softness of the soil caused by the rain Thursday, the field was in good condition. The Chicago visitors were conveyed to the park in carriages, and reached there promptly at the appointed time. Their uniform consisted of blue caps, white shirts with the letter "C" embroidered on the breast, light blue vest, and blue knee breeches with white stockings and buff shoes, which, together with their well-formed and muscular physique, gained for them a most favorable opinion at the outset. Their opponents appeared in a new uniform of white caps, shirts, and knee breeches with blue stockings which is a decided improvement on their old uniform.
The game was called at twenty minutes after three o'clock, Mr. B.J. Schaeffer of the Active club of New York, acting as umpire.
The playing of the Chicagos at the commencement of the game was not particularly brilliant - but their third innings saw a great improvement at the bat, which they handled in splendid style, and struck some hard and safe balls. From this time they steadily improved their score, placing themselves far in advance of the Unions. Their fielding on the whole was not to be compared with their batting. Cramer, behind the bat, however, was particularly noticeable. He is an admirable catcher, and the manner in which he played behind the bat, was the subject of general remark. At the 5th innings, Pinkham, the regular pitcher, took his position (Myerle had been pitching up to this time,) and he delivered his balls in a well-directed, swift, and deceptive manner...The out-fielders had very few opportunities of exhibiting their skill.
The Unions are to be congratulated for the handsome manner in which they acquitted themselves in the field...
Their weak point, however, was their batting, and this was, we must confess, most lamentably weak. Whether it was that Pinkham's balls were too deceiving, or that it was for want of practice, we can not judge, but we must say that it was the poorest batting they ever displayed in any match game. They succeeded in getting but one run, and that was credited to Greenleaf.
-Missouri Republican, April 30, 1870
What I do want to say, however, is that I'm about halfway through looking at the Republican's baseball coverage of the 1870 season and I'm a bit disappointed in what I've found so far. There is a good deal of baseball coverage but, interestingly, at least half of that is coverage of the top national clubs. There's a lot of stuff about the White Stockings, the Red Stockings of Cincinnati, and the New York clubs but not that much about the local clubs - at least through June. Unless I can find more from the second half of the season, this is going to make for a short series.