There will be a friendly match of Base Ball between the Commercial and Cyclone Base Ball Clubs, on Wednesday, September 4th, at 4 o'clock, P.M., on the Empire's Ground. The game will be according to the United States Convention rules, now so extensively played in all our principal cities, and will undoubtedly be very interesting to many of our citizens who have never seen the game. Were there a suitable ground in some of our public parks, it would be much more agreeable to lady spectators, and it is to be hoped our Common Council, or Park Commissioners, will give this their early attention. Players will take the market street cars at a quarter after three o'clock and go to Twenty fourth or Twenty sixth street, thence south five blocks.
-Missouri Republican, August 26, 1860
The point I'm really trying to make here is that the Commercials were one of the important pioneer clubs in the history of St. Louis baseball. Taking a quick look at my notes, I only see one reference to a St. Louis baseball club in a St. Louis newspaper prior to the one I posted yesterday that mentioned the Commercials. They were one of the earliest St. Louis clubs and deserve to be mentioned along with the Cyclones, Morning Stars, Empires, and Unions.
For some reason, they just seem to be the forgotten club among the St. Louis pioneer baseball clubs. The reason is most likely that they don't have anything really interesting to hang their hat on. Unlike the Cyclones and Morning Stars, they didn't play in the first match game in St. Louis and, unlike the Empires and Unions, they didn't have a great post-war history. Put there really is several interesting things about the club. They were one of the very few St. Louis clubs to play throughout the war years and they had several prominent members like E.C. Simmons and E.H. Tobias.
But they weren't the first (as far as I can tell) and they didn't win a championship in the post-war years, so they are the forgotten among the forgotten.