More hard luck for President Von der Ahe. Part of the stabling of his Sportsman's Park took fire Sunday night. Race track, base ball park, shoot the chutes and summer garden came within an ace of being swept off the face of the earth. The firemen managed to confine the flames to the stables. The stables were insured for $2500, but the policies ran out two weeks ago. The loss to the St. Louis president is about $1500.
-Sporting Life, February 27, 1897
And it would all burn down in 1898. Then, as in 1897, Von der Ahe would not have the insurance to cover his loses.