"The St. Louis Browns have reorganized for 1880, applied to the National Association for a membership, got brand-new uniforms, and now are in fine playing trim. They are anxious to obtain games with National or League clubs, and feel confident that they can dive a good game to any club in the country. The nine are as follow: McGinness, pitcher; Decker, catcher; Croft, League, and McCaffrey on the bases; Redmond, short-stop; and Cunningham, Houtz and Schenck in the outfield; Pearce, tenth man. The officers of the club are C. Von der Ahe, president; Alex H. Schulte, treasurer; and August Solari, secretary and manager. Club wishing to visit St. Louis are invited to address the manager at the Grand-avenue Baseball Park. St. Louis is catching the baseball fever again."
-New York Clipper May 22, 1880
I'm going to give you the rest of this tomorrow but, for now, the main piece of information that we find here is that Chris Von der Ahe was the president of the Brown Stockings in 1880. That's something that I didn't know and it brings up a lot of questions about what was happening in the 1878-1881 Interregnum period. I'll get into all of that tomorrow because I want to show you what Ned Cuthbert was up to and how his activities bring into question a lot of what we thought we knew about what was going on with Von der Ahe and the Brown Stockings at this time.
This is really great stuff and I have to thank Richard for passing the information along.