President Von der Ahe is so absorbed in his race track, which, by the way, is flourishing, that he is giving base ball little or no attention. He says that he will do nothing until after the League meeting. The following players have been reserved for next season: Peitz, Otten, Miller, Ehret, Breitenstein, McDougal, Kissinger, Connor, Quinn, Samuels, Ely, Cooley, Sheehan and Dowd. Out of this material and such other as can be secured by deals and purchase Chris hopes to make a winner next season.
-Sporting Life, November 2, 1895
What interested me about the above piece from Sporting Life is the mention of VdA's horse racing interests. My understanding of the financial situation of the Sportsman's Park and Club Association, in the later part of the decade, is that the race track was a big money loser and was mostly responsible for the financial troubles that the club had. I don't know if the above piece is inaccurate or if the problems with the track came about after 1895.