In the Circuit Court to-day Judge Spencer over-ruled the motion of Chris Von der Ahe for a new trial of the case of the Mississippi Valley Trust Company vs. Sportsman's Park. The park will be sold under foreclosure. The sale probably will take place about March 15. Mr. Von der Ahe will now appeal to the Supreme Court. Mr. Kinnerk, Von der Ahe's attorney, stated recently that his client will not attempt to give bond. In that event the appeal will not stay the sale, but the purchaser will buy subject to the action of the Supreme Court.
-Sporting Life, February 11, 1899
The way that everything ended for VdA had an impact on how he was remembered. I believe that he would be remembered more positively if he had sold the club sometime in the 1890s rather than suffering through the indignity of a financial collapse, the bankruptcy and having the club taken away from him. It added to or was evidence of what his detractors claimed about him: he was an ignorant buffoon who had no business running a baseball club. Now that wasn't true but the bankruptcy was fuel for the fire that VdA's detractors were always flaming.