Mr. Chester presented the petition of the “Cyclone Base Ball Club,” praying the [Common Council] to grant them the privilege of using for their playground the vacant space formerly reserved for the military at Lafayette Park, and also the right of leveling and smoothing the same for that purpose…
[Mr. Wells] presented petition of C.L. Kretschmar, W. Delafield, et. al., members of the Commercial Base Ball Club, asking permission to use the grounds in Lafayette Park, as petitioned for by the Cyclone Club.
-Missouri Republican, March 5, 1861
Mr. Nelson from Special Committee, to whom was referred the petitions of certain Base Ball Clubs, asking permission to use Lafayette Park grounds for the purpose of playing, reported that the Cyclone have choice of ground and are permitted the first use of the ground, provided they make the improvements necessary for the game at their own expense. The other club can have the second choice of ground. Report accepted.
-Missouri Republican, March 9, 1861
The matter mentioned above, in March of 1861, seems to involve a dispute between the Cyclones and the Commercials over the use of the park. My reading of the material from the Republican makes me think that, with the growth of the popularity of the game in St. Louis in 1860 and the increase in the number of clubs, there was a conflict over the use of the best grounds. Specifically, the Commercials wanted to use grounds that were, up to that time, the exclusive territory of the Cyclones. That conflict was taken before the appropriate government agency and the dispute was settled in favor of the Cyclones, providing the club made certain improvements to the park. Regardless of the significance of the dispute, it's obvious that it did not hurt the relationship between the two clubs, who played a friendly match at Lafayette Park in late April.