I, however, do not see this as a defeat or as a negative in any way. I firmly believe that the very idea that Von der Ahe was seriously considered for the Hall of Fame and was actually nominated for the ballot was a tremendous victory for those of us who have been arguing for a need to reevaluate Von der Ahe's historical legacy. People are considering his achievements in a serious manner and that's amazing considering how Von der Ahe has been portrayed in the media through the years. You would not have seen articles like this just a few years ago. There's much work to be done but the fact that Von der Ahe is being taken serious as a historical figure is a major accomplishment and there have been several folks who've worked hard to get us to this point. So I think this is just great stuff and I'm looking forward to Von der Ahe being enshrined in the Hall three years from now.
Towards that end, I've put up a long piece arguing for Von der Ahe's Hall of Fame candidacy entitled "Chris Von der Ahe and the Creation of Modern Baseball." This piece was part of a dossier that we put into the hands of the Pre-Integration Committee and I guess it's possible that the failure of Von der Ahe's candidacy is a direct result of my failure as a rhetorician. You can find the thing in the left side bar, read it for yourself, and decide if the failure was mine or if the Committee simply showed a lack of imagination, courage, and intelligence.