Mr. Von der Ahe returned from the League meeting in good spirits and sure of winning out in the end. Said he: "The League did more for me than I expected. I intended to make them recognize me as the rightful representative of the St. Louis Club. This they declined to do, claiming I had agreed at the meeting here in St. Louis last February to let Mr. Muckenfuss represent me, but they recognize the fact that it was the St. Louis Base Ball Association and not the Sportsman's Park and Club that controlled the franchise under which the St. Louis Club is operated. What more did I want? Everything is plain sailing for me after that decision. They had to make it to avert injunction proceedings, which I threatened.
Still Thinks He Owns Franchise.
Mr. Von der Ahe continued: "Mr. Muckenfuss is high and dry now with his receivership. All the assets he can show is a leasehold on a park, a grandstand and board fence, and a saloon building. I guess I can get somebody to buy all that in pretty cheap for me when it is put up at public auction. Then I can operate my team without further bother. If I can't buy it in I can get another park, I guess. Nobody can operate a National League base ball team in St. Louis except the St. Louis Base Ball Association, and that's me. They had it all nicely fixed to throw me down and out and divide up the St. Louis players.
-Sporting Life, December 31, 1898
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