Grand Ball for the Benefit of the Poor
At a meeting of the various Base Ball Clubs of this city, called at the rooms of the Hope B.B.C., Feb. 12th, 1868, delegates from the following Base Ball Clubs were present, viz: Empire, Hope, Baltic, Resolute, Commercial, Atlantic and National.
The meeting being called to order, Mr. H. Van Dusen, President of the Hope, was appointed Chariman, and Mr. J.H. Walton, of the Empire, Secretary.
The communication from his Honor the Mayor was then read and accepted, and resolutions passed as follows:
Resolved, 1. That a General Arrangement Committee be appointed to consist of the following members, viz.: James Yule, Empire B.B.C.; J.M. Williams, Hope B.B.C.; E.J. Grace, Resolute B.B.C.; W.B. Peterson, Atlantic B.B.C.; E. Donnelly, Baltic B.B.C.; J.J. Spaulding, Commercial B.B.C.; W.J.L. Stewart, National B.B.C., to arrange for a grand ball for the benefit of the poor.
Resolved, 2d. That a vote of thanks be tendered Professor Henry, for his kindness in donating the hall; also a vote of thanks to Mr. C. Overbeck, for the sum of $15 towards paying expenses.
Resolved, 3d. That the price of tickets be one dollar.
Resolved, 4th. That the next meeting take place at the rooms of the Empire B.B.C., on Third street, between Wasington avenue and St. Charles street, on Friday evening, February 14th, 1868, at 8 P.M., when a prompt attendance of a delegate from every Base Ball Club in the city is requested. Come all, and help the poor.
-Missouri Republican, February 13, 1868
The one question I have is where was the Union Club? I think that last bit about "prompt attendance of a delegate from every Base Ball Club" may have been a subtle request for the Union guys to show up. It's just kind of odd, given the stature of the Union Club and the make-up of their membership, to not see them at this meeting. I would have expected them to be one of the leaders in organizing this charitable event but they were not.
Also of interest here is that James Spaulding was, at the beginning of 1868, a member of the Commercial Club. By the end of the season, he was playing with the Empires and would be a mainstay in their first nine into the mid-1870s.