Anniversary of the Empire Base Ball Club
The gentlemen of the Empire Base Ball Club design celebrating the first anniversary of their club next Tuesday afternoon (April 16), on Gamble Lawn. The programme will include games, refreshments, &c., and the inauguration of new bats, new bases, and a new regulation ball. There will be a ample tent for refreshment and retirement, and an abundance of seats for ladies and gentlemen. The exercises are announced to commence at 2 P.M. As the Market street cars run to within two squares of the lawn, visitors will experience no difficulty in getting to the grounds. We trust the weather will beam auspiciously upon the occasion.
-Missouri Democrat, April 12, 1861
Anniversary of the Empire Base Ball Club.-The Empire Base Ball Club will celebrate its second anniversary to-day, by a game and festivities at Gamble Lawn. At 2 ½ P.M. the members, with numerous invited guests-ladies and gentlemen, are expected to meet at the above named spot, where ample preparations will be found to have been made for a joyous occasion. A match at base ball will first come off, between nine of the club’s best players on one side, and nine more of them on the other. Refreshments and additional social delights will follow. We are authorized to extend a general invitation to our citizens and their ladies to be present.
-Missouri Democrat, April 16, 1861
The Match Game of Base Ball.-The proposed game of base ball between the two select parties, nine in each, of the Empire Base Ball Club, was yesterday prevented by the storm, but will come off at 2 ½ P.M. to-day, at Gamble Lawn, in the style heretofore announced.
-Missouri Democrat, April 17, 1861
We'll get to the stuff from the Daily Press when we're done with 1864 but I wanted to put up the stuff from the Democrat while I have the file open and I'm thinking about it. There are only four references to baseball in my notes from the 1861 Democrat and one of those is a notice for a meeting of the Laclede Club that also appeared in the Republican. So we'll skip that. The other three references are posted above and mention the Empire Club's first anniversary game.
We'll add a link to this post to the 1861 page so I don't forget this stuff again.