Mr. Dailey presented a petition from members of the Commercial Base Ball Club, asking the passage of an ordinance granting them permission to erect a building at Lafayette Park for the purpose of securing their clothing while playing base ball. Referred to special committee of three.
-Missouri Republican, June 13, 1863
The Chair announced the Committee on the petition of members of the Commercial Base Ball Club, introduced at the last meeting, asking permission to erect a building at Lafayette Park - Messrs. Breyer, Rust and Plant.
-Missouri Republican, June 17, 1863
The Special Committee to whom was referred the petition of the Commercial Base Ball Club praying the privilege of erecting a building at Lafayette Park, reported the same back and recommended that it be referred to the Board of Improvements of Lafayette Park. Report adopted.
-Missouri Republican, June 27, 1863
My point here (and I really do have one) is that I'm not really that organized. I have a "Civil War" folder and in that folder is a document entitled "Daily Missouri Republican." I thought I had gone through everything from the Republican and put all of the baseball references in that document. But I was wrong. I knew I was missing at least one game. So I went back and checked the Republican and, sure enough, I was missing a few things.
So, in the interest of being thorough, we're taking a step back and covering the efforts of the Commercials to build a clubhouse in Lafayette Park. Now I have no idea whether this clubhouse was built or not. The Common Council kicked the proposal to the park's Board of Improvements and the Republican doesn't say anything else about it. But I do know I have a reference somewhere to a tent or structure in the park that was used by the players. I thought it was in the Tobias material but I checked that and couldn't find anything. If memory serves, I think the source mentioned that the structure was put up by the Cyclones but I wouldn't swear to it. But because there are so many errors in the secondary source material when it comes to the Civil War era, they may have been confusing the Commercials and the Cyclones. All I know for sure is that the Commercials wanted to build a clubhouse at Lafayette Park in the summer of 1863.
Also, it's important to point out that we now sufficient evidence to state that Lafayette Park was again being used as a baseball grounds by the beginning of June 1863.
So this bit about the Commercials and Lafayette Park is really the only thing that I missed from 1863, chronologically speaking, and we'll be back on track tomorrow. The other stuff I found was from September and I'm glad I went back to find that because I had nothing in my notes from the beginning of July to about late September in 1863. Now, however, I have to go back and recheck 1861 and 1862 to see if my note taking for those years was as bad as it was for 1863. And if it turns out that I find some more stuff, I'll post it after I wrap up 1863 and before I move on to 1864. And, honestly, I'm hoping I do find more stuff because it would be great to have more information about St. Louis baseball during the Civil War.