The first games of the championship series between the Red Stockings and Empires took place yesterday on the grounds of the former on Compton avenue and Pacific railroad. There were about 1,500 persons present. Play was called at 3:05 P.M., with the Reds at the bat, who, with their safe ground batting, aided by their sharp fielding, won them the game by a score of 14 to 5, the Empires receiving six "goose eggs" before they scored a run. On the part of the Reds the playing of Joe Blong at first and P. Dillon behind the bat was a noticeable feature of the game, while the infielding of Redmond and McSorley was in true professional style, not a single error being charged to either of them. The second base, in the absence of Peters, was well filled by Mulhall, the only error of the game on the part of the Reds being charged to him. The batting and safe throwing of A. Blong was also good, he succeding in putting two men out running from second to third. On the part of the Empires the only playing of any consequence was that of Houtz at first, Oran at third and Seward behind the bat. Altogether, the playing of the Reds, both in the field and at the bat, was by far the best exhibition of skill ever shown by an amateur club in this city. Morgan was in good trim, and his pitching could not have been surpassed by any.
This series between the Reds and the Empires, and the 1874 season in general, had a significant impact on the history of St. Louis baseball. It was the excitement generated by this series and the 1874 season, generally, that lead to the establishment of openly professional St. Louis clubs in the NA in 1875.
The whipping that the White Stockings put on the St. Louis clubs was also an important factor going into 1875 but both E.H. Tobias and Al Spink have written that that there was an outbreak of baseball fever in St. Louis in 1874. The Reds/Empire championship series was a major reason for that.