Von der Ahe acknowledges that there was only one year in all his experience as a magnate in which he lost money on base ball. That was during the Brotherhood year. And in the future he promises to stick entirely to base ball and become a pillar in the church. This change in Chris' temperament is accounted for by an interview which appeared in the "Republic" the other day, in which a director of the St. Louis Club says:
"We buried about $40,000 in the chutes, which, all stories to the contrary, paid us about 25 per cent. on the investment. That leaves us still $30,000 in the hole on the chute question. Then we paid Fred Foster $42,000 for his interest in that track, and we lost some money running the races in opposition to other tracks. Oh, we had a mazy time of it when we went against the racing game. I think that we will make money out of the chutes, and we have it fixed so that we will not lose another cent on the race track, so I think we have gotten over our worst days."
It is hoped that this is true and that the St. Louis Club will use some of its profits in the future purchasing new players.
-Sporting Life, January 23, 1897
We also have Von der Ahe's ironic statement that his worst financial days were behind him. This would prove not to be correct.