The deposition of President Muckenfuss by ex-President Von der Ahe, whether legal or illegal, was nevertheless a clever move on the part of the ex-owner of the St. Louis Club, for the reason that the issue thus raised will compel the National League to take official cognizance of the embroglio and probably also force the hand of those who are believed to be working the old game of trying to secure a more or less valuable property for practically nothing. As the case now stands the League will have to recognize either Von der Ahe or Muckenfuss at its forthcoming meeting, and upon its decision will depend the future of the St. Louis Club. Mr. Von der Ahe's recognition will be a delaration in effect that the St. Louis franchise is Mr. Von der Ahe's personal property, as he claims. It will give him the whip hand in arranging affairs with his creditors, and will enable him to hold the club and run it for another year at least, or until he makes advantageous disposal of it. Mr. Muckenfuss' recognition would undoubtedly result in the total elimination of Mr. Von der Ahe, and the ultimate capture of the club by the outsiders who have been undoubtedly scheming long and hard to secure it for little or nothing, thus adding another to the lengthening list of League clubs exploited by alien owners for all the boodle in sight. Whichever horn of the the dilemma the League accepts its action will be fraught with grave consequences alike to the city of St. Louis and the League itself.
-Sporting Life, December 10, 1898
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