Edward C. Simmons is one of the most underrated figures of the pioneer baseball era in St. Louis. I know that I've never written much about him or the Civil War-era Commercial Club and even scrapped a piece on the club that I was thinking about writing for the Base Ball Pioneers book. But Simmons was the field captain of one of the very first baseball clubs in St. Louis and he went on to become a prominent member of the Union Club after the war.
I think I need to address this. So, to that end, I'm going to spend the next few days talking about Simmons and the Commercials. Once done with that, I'll get back to Von der Ahe and wrap up the Baldwin Affair.