It is said that Mr. Von der Ahe was apprehensive that Muckenfuss in his capacity as president of the St. Louis Club would at the coming meeting of the National League vote to
Terminate The Membership
of the Sportsman's Park and Club and transfer it to an organization in which the Robisons would have the controlling interest. This would have made the transfer legal so far as the League was concerned, as Muckenfuss' vote would have made the vote unanimous, as required by the constitution. Von der Ahe would have been powerless to prevent this deal, as he would have had no right to represent the club at the League meeting in his capacity as trustee over Mr. Muckenfuss, the legal president. However, there was another phase to the matter. Considering Mr. Muckenfuss' office as Receiver of the club any
Collusion With The League
would bring Muckenfuss in contempt of court and make his bondsmen liable to the club's creditors. It is therefore not regarded as probable that he would have been a party to it. Desperate measures may be taken to get rid of Von der Ahe and secure a more desirable partner in St. Louis, but the magnates will steer clear of legal complications. But Von der Ahe anticipating treachery, has had Muckenfuss deposed as president of the Browns and will, his friends say, have himself elected to the position.
-Sporting Life, December 3, 1898
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