The earliest reference to the Holston Base Ball Club playing a match in Knoxville occurs in the May 8, 1867, The Knoxville Whig. The match was played four days earlier on Saturday, May 4, 1867, (most likely on the grounds of the Knoxville Base Ball Club) and resulted in a loss for the Holstons:
Base Ball Match.—An exciting base ball match came off here on last Saturday evening, between the Knoxville and Holston Clubs of this city. A large crowd of gentlemen and ladies were spectators. The game was hotly contested by both clubs, resulting in a victory for the Knoxville Club. We understand the match will be repeated soon, but at what particular time, we have not learned.