If you will allow me a small space in your paper I would like to say a few words on St. Louis Base Ball matters. In a recent issue of one of your New York contemporaries the Empire Club of this city is censured very much, and on this subject I wish to state a few facts. The Empire Club is one of the oldest and strongest clubs of the city, which alone should satisfy anybody of their character, as no club that is "composed of roughs" can keep up as long, and gain as many gentlemanly friends as they have. I am sure no club can entertain their guests more courteously than the Empires have done, and I think that if the eastern clubs that have visited us were called upon they would endorse my opinion. In match games the Empire take great care to make every thing as pleasant as possible for the lookers-on, especially for the ladies, and I hope the Empire Club, of St. Louis, will not let this stain upon their character go by unnoticed. I understand that the first game between the Union and Empire Clubs, for the Championship of Missouri has been declared null and void, thereby sustaining the protest of the Empire Club to said game. When the Nationals visited St. Louis last season I think they said they were treated as well by the Empires of this city as by any other club on their trip.
-New York Clipper, July 25, 1868
This has to have something to do with either the game between the Empires and the Athletics of Philadelphia, on June 14, or the game between the Empires and the Atlantics of Brooklyn, on June 29. Tobias wrote about some problems with the umpire in the match against the Athletics:
In commenting upon the umpiring of this game the St. Louis Times said: “Much dissatisfaction was expressed at the weakness of the umpire, who certainly has but little knowledge of the rules of the game.”
Connect this with the fact that Mr. Oliver [the umpire of the match] was center fielder of the Excelsior club, of Chicago, in 1866, when that club perpetrated its generally condemned fraud on the Empire Club at the Bloomington tournament and one can not fail to see that Mr. Oliver had neither improved his base ball morals nor learned to like the Empire Club, and further one would naturally ask how did he happen to be chosen umpire under these circumstances?