The game of Base Ball played at Gamble Lawn, on yesterday, between the Union and Empire Base Ball Clubs resulted in the complete victory of the former...The game was played for the Championship.
-Missouri Republican, May 15, 1862
A couple of things I'd like to talk about:
-Where is Jeremiah Fruin? Fruin was in St. Louis by the summer of 1861, had joined up with the Empire Club and should have been playing in this match.
-What was the championship format? Was it one game? Unlikely. Best of five? Best of three? I need to look at this a little more because I have assumed that the Empires were the best club in St. Louis during the war years. This game certainly puts a bit of doubt in my head. Since there was an official champion in 1862, which is a bit of news, we should know who it was.
-What was the overall record in games played between the Empires and Unions? Peter Morris pointed out to me one time that the overall series was tied at the end of 1870 or 1871 but I've found several Empire/Union games that we weren't aware of from the antebellum and Civil War eras. If I had to guess, I'd say the Unions were up in the overall series by a few games.