The Occidental, Jr. base ball club, of Quincy, Ill., arrived in the city yesterday morning, and played the Unions in the afternoon at the park. The number of spectators was small.
The Quincy boys are a fine looking set of young men, and their playing, as developed during the game showed them to be quite accomplished for a junior organization, in all the points of the game. Their batting was extremely good, many hard and effective hits being made. Their pitcher delivered his balls in a quick and accurate manner, and were well handled behind the bat by the catcher. The third baseman and the centre fielder were particularly noticeable for the style in which they acquitted themselves.
As usual the Unions played with a short nine, Carr, W. Wolf and Lucas being absent. Turner of course played faultlessly. O'Brien never caught better since he joined the club. Gorman had few opportunities to display his general excellence as short stop. E. Wolf, in the centre, unaccountably muffed badly in the first inning. He was afterwards put on second base, Gorman going to centre.
The Union batted Sander's swift pitching all over the field, with little trouble, and made many beautiful strikes. Mr. Charles Maffitt acted as umpire.
-Missouri Republican, July 16, 1870
The one thing that struck me from this game was the noted inability of the Union Club to put their best nine on the field. I had noticed that early but didn't think much of it but here we find it again and we find it commented upon. One has to think that the break up of the Union Club following this season had something to do with the fact that some of their best players were simply unable to find the time in their schedule to play the game. It's a very real possibility. Lord knows that I don't have the time that I need to do the things I'd like and I can certainly understand the plight of the Union players.