Years in print:
The St. Louis Sportsman made its appearance in July, 1881. Captain C.W. Bellairs, well known in sporting circles, was its editor. It was a weekly. It was suspended in October of that same year.
(From the Encyclopedia of the History of Missouri by Alexander N. De Menil, 1901).
The first attempt to establish an exclusively sporting journal in St. Louis was made in July, 1881, when the St. Louis Sportsman, edited by Capt. C.W. Bellairs, appeared. It collapsed the following October, and was succeeded on the last day of that year by the Western Sporting Life.
(From the History of St. Louis City and County by John Thomas Scharf, 1883).