Harry Doyer is trying his hardest to entice the boys into the formation of a Cricket Club, but as the game is not understood-more's the pity-they hang fire confoundedly.
-Spirit of the Times, Aug 7, 1852
Of course, this doesn't mean that there was a cricket club in St. Louis in 1852. The earliest account of a St. Louis cricket club that I've ever found comes from 1856. However, it does suggest that cricket could have been played in the city in the early 1850s. It certainly predated the New York game in St. Louis and I've always argued that the infrastructure that was created by the playing of cricket in St. Louis facilitated the success that the New York game had when it finally was played in the city.