On Monday night a base ball club was organized, with twenty-four members, under the style of the "Morning Star Club." The following officers were elected: President - J.R. Naylor; Vice-President - R. Henry; Secretary - Geo. Franklin; Directors - C.C. Ferguson, R.H. Franklin and Chas. Scudder. The club will meet every morning for practice. We wish them much enjoyment, and shall accept their invitation to take a game when convenient.
-St. Louis Daily Bulletin, June 6, 1860
The earliest reference to a St. Louis baseball club comes from the New York Clipper in September of 1859 but the problem with that reference is that there is no evidence that the club in question was playing the New York game. It's an interesting source and a significant one but there are problems with it. It's an important part of the puzzle but it doesn't get us to where we want to go.
And where I want to go is a place where I can tell you who the first baseball club in St. Louis history actually was. At this point, I can't do that. After ten years of researching the subject and thinking about the subject, I'm really no closer to answering the question then I was a decade ago. I know much more about the subject and have much more evidence then I did ten years ago and I can construct a great argument about who the first club was but I don't have the contemporary evidence that I want. I don't have that reference from the Daily Bulletin from 1859 or 1860 saying "This is the first club."
Sometimes that's frustrating; sometimes it's a fun problem to grapple with. Of late, I've been having fun grappling with it and going through the evidence. I'm still working on a long, long piece that lays all of this stuff out and one day, when it's finished, I'll put it up here. Until that day, you just get bits and pieces when I feel like posting about it.
On a related note (having to do with not being able to finish things), I'm ridiculously busy at work and am struggling to get anything posted. I'm basically just throwing up stuff that I know won't take me long to put together. Pictures and stuff I already have in my notes - things like that. There is no plan or structure to any of this. I'm just trying to hold on until things slow down at work. At that point, I promise I'll get back to the Baldwin Affair because I really want to wrap that up.