A Victory for St. Louisans.
A private dispatch received from Dubuque yesterday says that the base ball match in that city was won by the “Empire Club,” of St. Louis, on a score of twelve for themselves, and five for their opponents. The prize contended for was a superb ball of silver, offered by a club at Dubuque.
-Missouri Republican, September 30, 1865
...on September 25, 1865, the Empire club went to Dubuque, Iowa, to play for a silver ball offered by the Agricultural Association of that city at their Fair and here the Empires were again victorious, not only defeating all other clubs but also again defeating their namesakes of Freeport, Ill., who in the meantime, since the former match, had met and beaten Chicago's best club. This game was much talked about and...was declared by witnesses to have been the very best fly game on record at that time. It was umpired by Samuel Cox, Esq., of Dubuque and occupied three and one half hours and the silver ball won there was deposited with the other trophies of the club...
-E.H. Tobias, The Sporting News, November 9, 1865
The Freeport (IL) North West Oct. 5, 1865, reports on a base ball tournament in Dubuque, hosted by the local Julian team.
The Freeport Journal, June 6, 1866, has a lengthy and interesting article titled "Empire Base Ball Club...History of the Club..." On Sept. 29, 1865 [the club] beat the Julian of Dubuque, at Dubuque, 27 to 26.