At a meeting of the "Commercial Base Ball Club," the following gentlemen were elected officers for the ensuing year:
Wm. Bliss Clark, Esq., President.
A.W. Howe, Esq., Vice President.
Jno. W. Donaldson, Esq., Secretary and Treasurer.
Messrs. C.F. Gauss, Edwin Fowler and Hy. L. Clark, Directors; and Messrs. E.H. Tobias and E.C. Simmons, Field Captains.
Playing commences on Saturday, May 2d, 1863, at 4 1/2 o'clock, P.M., at Lafayette Park.
Those desirous of becoming members will apply to the Field Captains.
-Missouri Republican, May 3, 1863
One of these days, I'm going to write up a long piece on the Commercial Club. The club was every bit the pioneer that the Cyclones, Morning Stars, Empires and Unions were but don't get the credit that those later clubs do. There was a moment when I was going to include them in the St. Louis chapter of the Pioneer book but I basically had the chapter done and didn't want to go back and redo it. Ever since, a long Commercial Club piece has been on my list of things to do.