The local situation will be without change until March 14, the date of the foreclosure sale of the local club. Von der Ahe is practically eliminated, and interest is centered in the new owners. More or less speculation is indulged in daily, but there will be no real developments until the club is out of the hands of the receiver.
The Notice Of Sale
shows how completely Von der Ahe was defeated at every point of the litigation. In the sheriff's notice bids are invited for "all the property, rights, privileges and franchises of said Sportsman's Park and Club, including its membership or franchise in the National League and American Association of Professional Base Ball Clubs, which said membership or franchise is secured to said Sportsman's Park and Club by the constitution or articles of agreement of said National League and American Association of Professional Base Ball Clubs, adopted in December, 1891 and the amendments thereto."
-Sporting Life, March 4, 1899
And I use the term "fix" not in any nefarious manner but simply to note that the League magnates were going to decide what was going to happen to the St. Louis franchise. They had decided, certainly by December 1898, that the Robisions were going to be awarded the St. Louis franchise and move their Cleveland players there, making up a new St. Louis National League club. They had to wade through the Muddle and the legal wranglings before they could put their plan into action. But their minds were made up and Tom Loftus wasn't going to get a piece of the action.