All the Deputy Sheriff’s, Marshall’s and some of the clerks at the Court House went out on Franklin avenue, near Leffingwell avenue, yesterday afternoon, and had a spirited game of old town ball. We are glad to know that this pleasant game has been revived this season. A regular club has been organized, and will meet once a week during the season.
-St. Louis Daily Bulletin, May 4, 1860
It's rather fascinating that the local baseball variant in St. Louis was referred to as both town ball and base ball. Usually it's one or the other. Here, obviously, we see it referred to as town ball.
Franklin and Leffingwell, where this spirited game was played, is actually not that far from Carr Square, where the Morning Star club played. It's about ten blocks west and just east of Chambers Park. I don't believe that the Morning Stars were still playing town ball in May of 1860 - having taken up the playing of the New York game - but it's possible that there were multiple clubs playing the St. Louis variant in 1860.
We know that, by the end of the summer of 1860, there were nine clubs playing the New York game so what we have here is a kind of transition period, with two groups of clubs playing two different baseball games in St. Louis. Over time, the popularity of the New York version of baseball would drive out the St. Louis variant but that didn't happen overnight. The St. Louis variant would continue to be played in the city for several years and I'm pretty sure I have references to it being played in the immediate post-Civil War era.
This source is, by the way and to the best of my knowledge, the earliest reference in the St. Louis papers to a St. Louis baseball club.