A match game of base ball was played at Gamble's Lawn on Saturday morning, between the Union Junir and Young Commercial Base Ball Clubs, which was decided in favor of the latter.
-Missouri Republican, May 24, 1863
If you had asked me yesterday if the Young Commercials and the Commercial Juniors were the same club, I would have said that it was likely that they were. However, looking at yesterday's post, which was about a game involving the Commercial Juniors, and this game, involving the Young Commercials, it is obvious that they were two different clubs. The Commercial Juniors were most likely affiliated with the Commercial Base Ball Club and I can't tell you what the deal is with the Young Commercials. Is it possible that the Commercials had two junior clubs? It's possible but I don't think I've ever heard of such a thing. But it's absolutely certain that the Young Commercials was not the Commercial Juniors.
This also brings up the question of the Union Juniors of 1863 and the Young Union Juniors of 1862. Where they both affiliated with the Union Base Ball Club? At this point, I don't know. You have to assume that if you have a baseball club named the Unions, for the sake of example, and you have another named the Union Juniors then the latter is the junior club affiliated with the former. But now with all of this "Young" club stuff, I just don't know. I've always known about junior clubs and I assumed that the "Young" thing was just a euphemism for a junior club. But the Young Unions of 1862 and the Union Juniors of 1863 do not have any players in common and I just established that the Commercial Juniors and the Young Commercials were two different clubs.
At this point, I'm not very comfortable assuming any relationship between clubs. I really don't know what the relationship was between the Commercials, the Commercial Juniors, and the Young Commercials. I really don't know what the relationship was between the Unions, the Union Juniors, and the Young Union Juniors. There may have been no relationship. Or these clubs, because of the lack of adult players, may have had multiple junior clubs. I just don't know.