Mark E. Baldwin, pitcher of the Pittsburg Club, of the National League, has entered suit in Common Pleas Court, Philadelphia, against President Von der Ahe, of the St. Louis Club, of the American Association, to recover $20,000 damages for alleged malicious prosecution. Baldwin says that on March 5 last, at St. Louis, Von der Ahe appeared before Bernard Dierkes, the Prosecuting Attorney of the Criminal Court of that city, and caused Baldwin to be arrested on the charge of having, on Feb. 19 last, unlawfully conspired with J. Palmer O'Neill and others to bribe Charles F. King to wrongfully abandon his service of Von der Ahe, and to violate an alleged contract between King and Von der Ahe, and with having, in further prosecution of the conspiracy, offered King, on March 4, $800 as a bribe to induce him to violate the alleged contract. The case came up for trial March 12, 13, 25, when the defendant procured it to be continued, and on April 4 a non pors. was entered and the case abandoned and discontinued. On April 3 Von der Ahe again appeared in the St. Louis Court and, before Thomas B. Estep, Assistant Prosecuting Attorney, brought substantially the same case against Baldwin, causing his arrest, which case was also non prossed when it came into court on April 6. Baldwin says that the prosecution was wilful and malicious and without cause, and that he had his name and reputation damaged and had incurred expenses equal to the amount claimed.
-New York Clipper, July 18, 1891
Also, we find here what is basically the beginning of part two of the Baldwin Affair. Part one was the arrest of Baldwin in St. Louis and the dismissal of the charges. Part two, which would drag on for seven years, was Baldwin's suit against Von der Ahe.