Pitcher Charles King, who is under contract to play with the St. Louis Club, of the American Association, did not report for duty April 1, as required by contract. For this reason many are led to believe that Baldwin, of the Pittsburg Club, of the National League, has succeeded in obtaining King's signature to a League contract. King, who is one of Baldwin's witnesses, has sworn that neither Baldwin nor any agent of his had, either directly or indirectly, approached him for the purpose of getting him to break his St. Louis contract. The presumption is rather strong now that Baldwin did get King to jump. This makes the case against Baldwin much stronger than it was. President Von der Ahe, of the St. Louis Club, says that if King jumps, he will enjoin him from playing in every State in the Union where there is a National League club.
-New York Clipper, April 11, 1891
It's kind of interesting that I keep dancing around Baldwin's guilt in all of this. I don't think I've come right out and said that Baldwin was conspiring to tamper with clubs in the AA and trying to steal their players. I think I've been qualifying it because, in all honesty, I don't really know for sure if he was actually guilty of it. I assume he was but I don't have any evidence of it. I guess King signing with Pittsburgh is kind of evidence of Baldwin's guilt but correlation does not imply causation. The Seymours stated that Baldwin was acting as an agent of the League and David Nemec stated that Baldwin had been hired by the League to entice away Association players. Those are folks that I respect and take at their word. I assume that they evidence to support those claims but it is evidence that I haven't seen. Maybe somewhere down the road, I'll find some direct evidence of Baldwin's guilt but there is no guarantee of that.
Like I said, I assume Baldwin is guilty and I think everybody does. But I'm trying to document this the best I can and, as of yet, I see no source material that proves his guilt. And that's kind of interesting.