The return match between the nines of the married and single men, selected from the Commercial, Cyclone and Morning Star Clubs, will be played this (Tuesday) afternoon at Lafayette Park. The game to commence at 3 o'clock.
-Missouri Republican, May 21, 1861
I read something recently about how most of the early games in St. Louis was played between teams made up of married and single men. This is not actually true. It is true that a lot of the early accounts of matches that we find around this time have to do with these kinds of games but the reason they got the publicity they did was because they were special occasions. These were special matches, not the common baseball activity that was taking place in St. Louis in 1861. We saw earlier how both the Cyclone and Commercial clubs met twice a week and it was during these club days were most of the baseball games in St. Louis were being played. A club would met and play a game. That was one of the main purposes of a club existing. They met to play baseball among themselves. Matches between clubs were much rarer and, therefore, also received more publicity than any intramural game. So it's not accurate to state that simply because we have more accounts of matches between married and single men than of matches between clubs or intramural games that these games were more common than the others.