Base Ball.—A meeting of the Laclede Club will be held at No. 109 Chestnut street, between Fifth and Sixth, on Thursday evening, 4th inst., at 7 ½ o’clock. All members desiring to participate in the exercise of the coming season are earnestly requested to be present. By order of the President.
Wm. H. Hayden, Secretary.
-Missouri Republican, April 2, 1861
Both Al Spink and E.H. Tobias mention the Lacledes in their work. Spink wrote in The National Game that the Lacledes were one of the early opponents of the Empire Club and Tobias wrote the following in the November 9, 1895 issue of The Sporting News:
The Laclede was the name of an early club made up from master mechanics who played on a lot one block north of Easton Avenue between Jefferson and Garrison. Among its members were William John and Thomas Barron, Jno. McCardy, T.D. Turner, A. Jones, Jacob S. Williams, William Hayden and Jno. Nichols, the latter the best catcher then in the city and an extraordinary active man though then of middle age.
One thing that just occurred to me is that Tobias gives us the club name, the location of their grounds and the names of eight members (one of which is confirmed by the April 1861 Republican squib). That's a lot of information and I should be able to find more about this club based simply on that. There is no reason that I don't know more about the Lacledes other than the fact that I haven't done the work.