One of the lawyers for the Mississippi Valley Trust Company said: "The franchise of the Sportsman's Park and Club will probably be sold early in March at the Court House door to the highest bidder. Von der Ahe's attorneys will likely move for a new trial, and the motion will probably be passed upon Feb. 2. Then there will have to be the thirty days' notice given before the sale can be made, which will make it occur about March 4 or 5. I don't think my clients will be offered anything for their judgement. Who the purchaser of the club will be I have no idea.
Is He Merely An Agent?
A St. Louis dispatch in commenting upon the present status of the case says: "E.C. Becker, practically the agent for Frank Robison, of Cleveland, will purchase the assets and assign 55 per cent. of the stock to Frank and Stanley Robison, and the Cleveland team will be immediately transferred to St. Louis."
Mr. Becker will undoubtedly buy the club, but not as agent for anybody. If he buys he will buy for himself, he being rich enough to cover almost any of the League magnates. Having secured the club he will undoubtedly enter into negotiation for the Cleveland team, but if anybody thinks Becker will give away his bird in the hand for two in the bush - or, in other words, give up a controlling interest in his own club for a handful of players - he will be badly fooled. Becker will deal fair, but nobody will get so much the best of him as the above dispatch would indicate. Mark the prediction.
-Sporting Life, January 28, 1899
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