The jury in the damage suit of Mark Baldwin, the professional pitcher, against President Von der Ahe, of the St. Louis Club, on May 22, at Pittsburg, Pa., returned a verdict awarding damages to the amount of $2,500 to Pitcher Baldwin. President Von der Ahe has filed notice of an appeal.
-New York Clipper, June 1, 1895
There were so many points where Von der Ahe could have just settled this thing and been done with it. This, of course, was one of those points. Give Baldwin his $2500 and be done with it. Von der Ahe, full of pride, was never going to do that and it would cost him in the long run. Think about the legal fees he had to pay over seven years and the $1000 bail he paid in 1894 and the bail he would have to pay down the road. He probably could have given Baldwin five grand in 1891 and still come out ahead.
Pride and German stubbornness. It was going to cost Von der Ahe down the road and between the bankruptcy and the "kidnapping," it would ruin his reputation.