If the weather-clerk will consent, the long-delayed game between the Atlantics of Brooklyn and the St. Louis Brown Stockings will be played this afternoon at the Grand Avenue Park. It will be the fourth game of the series, the score at present standing two to one in favor of the visitors. The home team will be out in full force, and will do all in their power to even up with the skillful New Yorkers. The Atlantics and the St. Louis Reds will finish their series of games this week. On Saturday next the Eclipse team, of Louisville, is booked for the first of a series of contests with the Browns. These organizations are very evenly matched, and have not yet faced each other this season.
-St. Louis Globe-Democrat, October 2, 1881
More importantly, the Brown Stockings were falling apart. We saw last week how the rupture between Von der Ahe and Brown Stocking management become public. Tomorrow, we'll see the fallout of that rupture and how Von der Ahe consolidated his control of the St. Louis baseball market. But here we see the Globe pretending that things were just as normal as ever and nothing was happening behind the scenes. What they weren't telling the folks of St. Louis was that, as Brown Stockings management looked forward to a continuation of the series against the Atlantics (and the Atlantics looked forward to the end of that series and their escape from St. Louis), the Brown Stockings players were choosing sides.