Benjamin S. Muckenfuss, president of the St. Louis Club, of the National League and American Association, is one of the corps of young major league officials, who has sprung into existence since the amalgamation of the two leading baseball organizations of the country. He is a German-American by birth, and first saw the light of day on April 8, 1862, at Charleston, S.C. He began his baseball career in 1893, when he became connected with the St. Louis Club. A year later he was appointed secretary and treasurer of the corporation, and served in that capacity until January, 1898, when he was elected president to succeed Chris. Von der Ahe. Mr. Muckenfuss has shown his sincere friendship for Mr. Von der Ahe, for the confidence and interest the latter has reposed in him, by the most unswerving loyalty and steadfast devotion even in the darkest days of the period of adversity that has overshadowed the unfortunate ex-president of the once famous Browns during the past few years. When under the stress of the financial storm Mr. Von der Ahe's weather friends fell away from him by the score, until he had only Mr. Muckenfuss to help him out of his troubles. Mr. Muckenfuss deserves great credit for the faithful and energetic manner in which he worked to place the Browns upon their feet, so that they could begin the season with a better team than they have had for several years back. The men he has, while not showing up in a very encouraging manner, will certainly do better work as the season advances. He is well known in baseball circles, having represented his club at several of the major league meetings in the past and is recognized as a man of ability. He is energetic, honest in his convictions, intelligent, and of a hopeful and cheerful disposition. He has a fine knowledge, theoretically, of the national game, and the public will watch with considerable interest his efforts to lift the St. Louis team out of the slough of despond it dropped into some years ago, and has since been wallowing in. He is also fairly well versed in baseball politics, having taken his initiation in the councils of the major league, which is undoubtedly the best schooling he could possibly obtain in that respect. Mr. Muckenfuss has undertaken a big contract in trying to give St. Louis another champion team, but any one who knows him has confidence enough in him to feel assured that he will with time accomplish his task.
-New York Clipper, May 14, 1898
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