A State Junior Base Ball Association has been formed, which appears likely to become a strong organization. The Convention at which the organization was effected was well attended, there being the following delegates from the following clubs:
Atlantic, Junior - T. Ryan, E. Mitchell.
Niagara - J. Long, J. Donovan.
Mutual - J. McMahon, B. Keise.
Union - W. Austin, E. Wolf.
Missouri - G. Walters, C. Thornburg.
Aetna - J. Blony, J. Loftus.
Empire - M.J. Virtue, M.J. Kinderick.
Dirego - E. Washburn, R. Avia.
Star - J. McCaffery, P. Reilly.
Stonewall - J. Reider, P. Clifford.
Mystic - A. Jones, H. Hecong.
Excelsior - P. Davis, P. Tucker.
An election of officers ensued with the following results:
President - James Ryan.
Vice Presidents - Jas. Donovan, Jas. McCaffery, George Walters.
Treasurer - E. Washburn.
Secretaries - M.J. Virtue, M.J. Kinefick and R. Greenhouse.
-Missouri Republican, August 27, 1868
I think this a great example of what I was talking about yesterday. There were a lot of clubs in St. Louis and a lot of games being played that weren't being covered in the press. The game was very healthy and rather popular in the city in 1868 and I think the formation of an association of junior clubs is proof of that.
The game played last Sunday between the Resolute and St. Louis Base Ball Clubs, for a silver ball, offered by Mr. Solari, of St. Louis Base Ball Park, was won by the Resolutes. Score, 33 to 22.
It's great to find some information about baseball in St. Louis in 1868 that doesn't involve the Unions or the Empires. Baseball in the city at this time was more than just those two clubs or just the clubs that were members of the state association. I understand that those were the big clubs, they played the big games, drew the big crowds, and it was natural to focus coverage on them. But I love to find stuff about the smaller clubs because it gives us a fuller picture of what was happening in St. Louis during the period. The game was popular and there were clubs like the Stonewalls and the Adventures playing all of the time. Their games just generally weren't covered during this period and that's kind of a shame.
The match the [Brown Stockings and the Niagaras] at the Grand Avenue park yesterday afternoon, drew together about three hundred spectators. From the Niagaras great things were expected, on account of the close game they played the "Red Sox" Sunday, the 18th instant. Those present were not disappointed in witnessing a fine game, as up to the sixth innings the professionals had hard work for every base they got, so well did the amateurs back up the excellent pitching of Galvin. The Niagaras, though playing splendidly in the field, were totally unable to "get hold" of Bradley's pitching but fie base hits being made, Galvin getting two of them, one of which was a beauty, between centre and left field. The professionals retired them in one, two, three order in four innings. The first base play of McKenna - Dolan behind the bat; Newell at short stop and Kane at right field - elicited favorable comment from every one present, Kane putting out the side in the second innings by three well judged fly catches. A running fly at short left field by Newell, and a sharp play that caught Battin napping at third base in the fourth innings, marking his general good play in the position, while Kane played his position with but one error.
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