Cricket in St. Louis. - Cricket is moving in the West - a new club, the Jackson, has recently been organized in St. Louis, Mo., and the following gentlemen chosen as officers: - James Quigley, President; Patrick Conden, Secretary; William Tobin, Treasurer. At their last meeting, they were prepared for a match, eleven of the members wearing blue shirts and the other eleven pink shirts. At the first innings the blue shirts made 47 scores, and the pinks 37 scores. At the second innings the blues made 49 scores and the pinks 43. A pretty close game.
-New York Clipper, October 18, 1856
The significance of cricket and other bat and ball games that were played in St. Louis before the introduction of the New York game in the city is that it created an infrastructure that the new game of baseball could use to build upon. The city already had ball clubs, ball grounds, ball players, equipment, and an acceptance of grown men playing ball games when the New York game first arrived in St. Louis. I think that it made it easier for the new game to take root and grow.