A State Junior Base Ball Association has been formed, which appears likely to become a strong organization. The Convention at which the organization was effected was well attended, there being the following delegates from the following clubs:
Atlantic, Junior - T. Ryan, E. Mitchell.
Niagara - J. Long, J. Donovan.
Mutual - J. McMahon, B. Keise.
Union - W. Austin, E. Wolf.
Missouri - G. Walters, C. Thornburg.
Aetna - J. Blony, J. Loftus.
Empire - M.J. Virtue, M.J. Kinderick.
Dirego - E. Washburn, R. Avia.
Star - J. McCaffery, P. Reilly.
Stonewall - J. Reider, P. Clifford.
Mystic - A. Jones, H. Hecong.
Excelsior - P. Davis, P. Tucker.
An election of officers ensued with the following results:
President - James Ryan.
Vice Presidents - Jas. Donovan, Jas. McCaffery, George Walters.
Treasurer - E. Washburn.
Secretaries - M.J. Virtue, M.J. Kinefick and R. Greenhouse.
-Missouri Republican, August 27, 1868
I think this a great example of what I was talking about yesterday. There were a lot of clubs in St. Louis and a lot of games being played that weren't being covered in the press. The game was very healthy and rather popular in the city in 1868 and I think the formation of an association of junior clubs is proof of that.
A match game of base ball was played on Thursday afternoon at Gamble Lawn, between the Excelsior Junior and Commercial Junior, which resulted in the defeat of the former - the score being, Excelsrior Junior, 12; Commercial Junior, 24. David Tatum, umpire.
As the 1861 baseball season continued in St. Louis, things were falling apart in Missouri. After Camp Jackson, a sort of truce had been established between the Union forces in St. Louis, led by Nathaniel Lyon, and the pro-Confederate forces in Missouri, led by Gov. Jackson and Sterling Price. On June 11, a meeting was held in St. Louis at the Planter's Hotel, between Jackson, Price, Lyon and Frank Blair. At the meeting, Jackson demanded that Federal forces remain in St. Louis and all other pro-Union forces in the state be disbanded. Lyon's reaction to this was recorded in Thomas Snead's The Fight for Missouri:
"Rather," said [Lyon,] (he was still seated, and spoke deliberately, slowly, and with a peculiar emphasis) "rather than concede to the State of Missouri the right to demand that my Government shall not enlist troops within her limits, or bring troops into the State whenever it pleases, or move its troops at its own will into, our of, or through the State; rather than concede to the State of Missouri for one single instant the right to dictate to my Government in any matter however unimportant, I would" (rising as he said this, and pointing in turn to every one in the room) "see you, and you, and you, and you, and you, and every man, woman, and child in the State, dead and buried." Then turning to the Governor, he said: "This means war. In an hour one of my officers will call for you and conduct you out of my lines."
Lyons promised war and war he would give them. Jackson and Price returned to Jefferson City, only to abandon the state capitol when they decided that they could not hold it. Lyons followed with Union forces and met them at Boonville, Missouri. The First Battle of Boonville was fought on June 17 and resulted in a clear victory for Lyon and the Union forces. As a result of this victory, the Union gained control of the state capitol and, more importantly, the Missouri River.
Lyon's actions in May and June stopped Missouri from joining the Confederacy. The state would continue to be a battleground throughout the war but Lyon had saved St. Louis and Missouri for the Union.
Base Ball.—A match game of base ball between the Commercial and Excelsior Juniors, was played on the grounds of the Empire Club yesterday. The score stood as follows: Excelsior, 19; Commercial, 13.
This was the second match played between these two junior clubs in 1861, with the first being played on May 25.
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