The success of the Red Stocking base ball club of Cincinnati, in their tour through the United States last season, stimulated the ambitious Chicagoans this spring to contribute many thousands of dollars towards the collection of the best available material in the country, for the organization of a ball club with the ability to successfully cope with the champion Red Stockings. The Chicago Nine, which will arrive here this morning to meet two of our most prominent city clubs, is the result of these exertions, and in looking over the names of these nine, we find the majority have distinguished themselves in the clubs to which they formerly belonged, and have the reputation of being in their respective positions, most accomplished players.
The opening match between the Chicagos and our Unions will inaugurate the base ball season here. The Unions, with the exception of two new men, retain their old nine, with a different disposition, however of the men. The following then compose the nine for this occasion: O'Brien catcher (new); Lucas, pitcher; Easton, first base; Turner, second base; Gorman, short-stop; Duncan, third base; Mellier, left-field; E. Wolff, center (new); and Greenleaf, right-field. They will appear in their new uniforms. Should the weather prove favorable we anticipate a large number of spectators. The game commences at 3 o'clock. To-morrow afternoon they play the Empires, champions of the state.
-Missouri Republican, April 29, 1870
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