Two teams from abroad have made a raid on St. Louis and will both appear before the base ball public this afternoon. At the Grand Avenue Park the Eckfords, of Chicago, will play the Browns to-day, to-morrow and Monday while at the Compton Avenue Park a very strong nine from Cincinnati will be entertained by Manager McNeary’s reorganized Red Stockings. The Porkopolitan team is made up as follows: Miller, c.; Will White, p.; Reilly, 1st b.; Pierce, 2d b.; Mernie, 3d b.; Booth, s.s.; Jones, l.f.; French, c.f.; and Eden, r.f. The Reds will present Decker, Blong, Levis, Morgan, Overbeck, Schenk, Cunningham, Houtz and Croft in their home positions. The Browns will be out in full force, and their antagonists will occupy the following positions: Featherstone, c.; Sullivan, p.; McQuaid, 1st b.; Sautry, 2d b.; Haley, 3d b.; Roche, s.s.; Kantlin, l.f.; Normile, c.f., and Gillegan, r.f. It will be observed that both the Chicago and Cincinnati clubs present much stronger teams than on their previous visits, and the contests will undoubtedly be close and exciting.
-St. Louis Globe-Democrat, July 2, 1881
I also have something in my notes about two Chicago clubs - the Dreadnaughts and the Athletics - coming to St. Louis at the end of June. The Dreadnaughts were supposed to play the Brown Stockings around the 26th but were "unavoidably detained at home" and didn't make the trip. The Athletics were supposed to play the Reds and I don't know if that game was played or not. But, again, it looks as if the baseball market, in general, had recovered to the point where it was profitable for these clubs to be making road trips.