At a regular meeting of Empire Base Ball Club, held April 2d, the following officers were elected for the ensuing year:
President, Lewis P. Fuller; Vice President, Peter Naylor; Secretary, John W. Williams; Treasurer, Herman Barklage Captains, James Yule and John Connell; Directors, Daniel Coyle, Joel Utley and John Reynolds.
-Missouri Republican, April 4, 1861
In Baseball Pioneers, I wrote the following:
The largest and most successful club in St. Louis during the pioneer era, the Empire Base Ball Club, often styled the “Champions of the West,” was founded in the antebellum period and survived the Civil War to dominate baseball in St. Louis, winning the championship of Missouri eight times in the decade following the war. Their success on the diamond and the excitement that was created by their championship series with rivals such as the Union Club and the Red Stockings helped to create the conditions that allowed St. Louis to grow and flourish as a baseball city. By the end of their run as St. Louis’ first great baseball team, the city had successfully entered professional clubs in the National Association and the National League. The interest and support for baseball that existed in the city was in large part due to the efforts and success of the Empire Club.