Von der Ahe elected himself president of the Sportsman's Park and Club last Thursday afternoon, and also selected a Board of Directors to his liking. Under a decree of the Courts a meeting of stockholders was held for the purpose of electing officers. Chris and his friends were there in force, and when the meeting organized Chris was elected chariman and appointed tellers. He presented 1678 shares of stock, which with others he controlled made 1716.
Muckenfuss protested that Chris had no right to vote the stock as he had sold it to Becker, and Becker had a certificate of sale. "He can't show the sale on the books," Chris retorted - Chris has the books. Becker tried to vote on the certificate, but was ruled out by the tellers, and therefore Chris is triumphant.
Receiver Muckenfuss was not present when the meeting was called to order, but when he arrived raised a protest against voting 1678 shares of stock which he said were owned by Edward Becker. The matter will be taken to the Courts for final settlement. Chris will attend the League meeting or, if his health does not permit, he will send a representative. Becker is undecided whether to go. Muckenfuss says he will not attend.
-Sporting Life, March 4, 1899
In VdA's eyes, this was an important win. He believed, as per the League constitution, that the St. Louis franchise could not be transferred by sale. Therefore, if the SPCA was the rightful franchise holder and VdA was the head of the SPCA, he would have legal control of the franchise rights, regardless of the public sale of the SPCA's property.
His real fight, at this point, was with the League, which was determined to dissolve the St. Louis franchise and reconstitute it under the ownership of Robison, et al. He probably believed that he could go the League meeting and convince a majority of the owners to vote against dissolving the franchise, allowing him to soldier on in some form or another. But Von der Ahe, of course, was sadly mistaken about that.