The pleasant weather and the attraction of a match game between [the Empire and Atlantic] clubs drew several hundred lovers of our national game to the Grand avenue park yesterday afternoon. The game was, we understand, for practice only, and will not count in the games for the amateur championship of the state of Missouri.
Both clubs were out in full force, the Atlantics appearing in an entire new rig, consisting of blue and white caps, flesh-colored shirts, trimmed with blue, white knee-breeches and blue stockings, the costume presenting a very handsome appearance and reflecting credit upon the makers.
The nobby centre fielder of the Brown Stockings having been selected as umpire, called game at quarter past three o'clock, the Atlantics handling the ash and the Empires distributing themselves over the green turf preparatory to hunting the leather.
Up to the close of the sixth innings the game was very close and exciting. The Empires playing very steadily in the field, "Shorty" and Zimmerman doing excellent pitching of Daniels, who, if he had been supported by a good catcher, would have carried his side through the game with a score much less one-sided. All doubts as to the ultimate result were dispelled in the seventh innings, as the Empires, after disposing of their adversaries for two runs, went in with a vim and by some very fine batting scored seven runs, two of which were earned, thus placing their totals at thirteen to seven for the Atlantics. The champions still further increased their lead in the ninth innings five tallies. The Atlantics had apparantly lost heart and failed to add anything to their score, leaving the totals at eighteen to seven in favor of the Empires.
-St. Louis Republican, May 3, 1875
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