The following is the statement of the basis upon which E.C. Becker, B.S. Muckenfuss and the Robisons, of Cleveland, expect to arrange the distribution of the stock of the St. Louis Base Ball Club after the receiver's sale. It is expected Becker will be the only bidder, acting as agent for the Cleveland magnates. The owners of the club's franchise and plant next year wi be Frank De Haas and M. Stanley Robison, owners of the Cleveland Club, and Oliver Tebeau, manager of that team, whose holdings will be $5000, representing 55 per cent. of the stock. Becker and Muckenfuss will control the rest. The Robisons are to provide the players, the local parties are to pay off all indebtedness. Becker owns 1700 shares of the Sportsman's Park club stock and Von der Ahe but twelve shares.
On Jan. 5 the court will hear depositions and such other testimony as Von der Ahe may present to establish his claim to the ownership of the St. Louis franchise by himself or the St. Louis Base Ball Association, which he alleges was and is the trademark under which he conducted the base ball business. The receiver will present evidence that the franchise belongs to Sportsman's Park and Club, and it is predicted the court will decide against Von der Ahe and order a sale of the bankrupt corporation for the creditors. This is given upon seemingly reliable authority and accords with the development of the scheme as shown during the last three months...
If the unexpected should happen and the court should hold that Von der Ahe or his trademark association is the owner of the St. Louis franchise, the National League magnates will declare the franchise forfeited, and award it to the Robisons, who, with the National League to assist them, will fight it out with Von der Ahe in the courts, and, as he is without funds, it is thought he will be glad to get rid of it at any price. Then Becker and the bondholders and the creditors would, it is claimed, be told to look to the Sportsman's Park and Club for satisfaction of their claims.
-Sporting Life, January 7, 1899
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