President Young, of the National League, inclines to the impression that the associates of Chris Von der Ahe, of the St. Louis Baseball Club, propose to bar out the latter from participating in the profits of the National League this season. "At all the League meetings," said President Young, "Mr. Von der Ahe has continually boasted that he was the entire company, so far as the St. Louis Baseball Association was concerned. No attempt had ever been made to hold a meeting for the election of officers of the St. Louis Club, for the reason that Von der Ahe was the only man in control, and his word was law.
No Hope For Chris.
"Von der Ahe has been laying great stress," continued President Young, "upon the fact that he is the owner of the franchise of the St. Louis Baseball Club. What good is a franchise without players or ball park? This seems to be Von der Ahe's predicament at present, and there does not seem to be any hope for his extricating himself. St. Louis has been going from bad to worse in a baseball way for several seasons, and there seems to be only one way to revive the sport there again, and that is by the infusion of new players and a new managerial administration.
League Must Act.
Action must be taken at once, however, for we cannot afford to be dilly dallying over this controversy any longer. It looks as though Mr. Von der Ahe would be compelled to relinquish his hold on Sportsman's Park, even if he has any rights there, which seems dubious to say the least of it. Whatever is done by those who are in control of the National League will be final, and there will be no further squabbling over the future of St. Louis as the ball city. There is no sense in continually referring matters to the courts for settlement, which should be settled within our own household, and it is sincerely hoped that with the control of the St. Louis Baseball Club vested in somebody else, there will be an end to the bickering and disputes which have characterized the management of Chris Von der Ahe.
-Sporting Life, January 21, 1899
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