Above is presented an excellent likeness of the new president of the famous St. Louis Club, Mr. Benjamin S. Muckenfuss. Mr. Muckenfuss is German by birth, of a distinguished family and a graduate of Heidelberg, the most famous university in the world. He is therefore in every sense of the word a gentleman and scholar. Between Mr. Muckenfuss and Mr. Von der Ahe there exists the closest bond of sympathy and friendship. When Mr. Muckenfuss came to this country to seek fame and fortune he fell upon evil days, but fortunately for him he found in Mr. Von der Ahe a steadfast benefactor and friend, who placed the struggling and aspiring youth upon his feet and kept him there. In 1893, Mr. Von der Ahe gave Mr. Muckenfuss a minor position with the St. Louis Club. A year later he appointed the young man secretary-treasurer of the corporation, and to-day he is the president of one of the famous institutions of the country. Mr. Muckenfuss on his part has rewarded Mr. Von der Ahe's interest and friendship with unswerving loyalty and steadfast devotion, even in the darkest days of the period of adversity that has overshadowed the unfortunate St. Louis magnate of recent years. When under the stress of the financial storm Mr. Von der Ahe's fair-weather friends fell away from him by the score Mr. Muckenfuss clung steadily to the sinking ship, until only he and the "boss president" were left to steer it into calmer waters, which they now bid fair to succeed in doing. For the sterling quality of loyalty alone Mr. Muckenfuss deserves the consideration of the base ball public. But apart from that he is entitled to a fair chance of success in his new field as a League magnate. He is young (being but 35 years of age), energetic, honest, intelligent and hopeful. He has a fine knowledge, theoretically, of the national game, and the public will watch with interest his effort to lift the St. Louis Club out of the slough of despond. He is also fairly well versed in League politics, having represented the St. Louis Club at the Philadelphia meeting and made a very favorable impression upon the magnates. Altogether Mr Muckenfuss has a great opportunity before him to distinguish himself in a new field, and we have not the slightest doubt, knowing the man as we do, that he will improve it to the utmost.
-Sporting Life, February 26, 1898
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