One of the best games of the season will be played at the Grand Avenue Park this afternoon, between the Buckeyes, of Cincinnati, and the St. Louis Brown Stockings. Will White and Miller, of the old Cincinnati League club, will do the pitching and catching for the visitors. Big Charlie Jones and long John Kelly are also among the Porkopolitan players. The team is undoubtedly the strongest that has visited St. Louis this season, and the Browns will have to play up to their very highest standard to avert defeat.
-St. Louis Globe-Democrat, August 13, 1881
Regardless, the Buckeyes were a pretty good team and probably the best club to visit St. Louis by August of 1881. So, really, I guess what is still bothering me is the idea that anybody would say that the 1881 Ravens were better than the 1869 Red Stockings.