There was an interesting match of base ball Saturday afternoon, between the Hope and Resolute clubs, the former being successful. The total runs were: Hope 33; Resolute 21.
-Missouri Republican, August 30, 1864
One of the things I've been thinking about is the names that these Civil War-era clubs choose to take. Union. Hope. Resolute. I think that says something about these men and what was important to them. Empire. Imperial. Enterprise. Liberty. These men were not all cut from the same political clothe and we could discuss the political leanings of the Empire and Union Clubs all day but I certainly have to believe that the times that they lived in had something to do with the names they choose for their clubs. It says something to name your baseball club the Unions in 1860. It says something to name your club Resolute in 1864. These names evoked very specific values and characteristics. There was post-war club in New Orleans named the Robert E. Lees and that name made a very specific political statement. But I'm really struck not so much by the Unions or the R.E. Lees but by clubs choosing to evoke hope and resoluteness in 1864. If our forebearers could summon such courage in the face of their difficulties than we can as well. Because, I believe, that it takes courage to be hopeful and resolute. Fear and cynicism is easy; hope is difficult. So let's be resolute in our hopefulness.
Here endeth the lesson.